A customer recently reported an issue where they needed to bounce their E-Business Suite application tier (mid-tier) servers once a week to resolve stability issues. This shouldn't be necessary. We recommend against bouncing EBS application servers regularly. We've done a lot of work with the E-Business Suite to ensure that regular bounces are not required with the latest releases.
Bouncing your system can reduce performance
It seems counter-intuitive, but bouncing your EBS application tier servers can actually reduce your system's performance rather than improve it. Oracle E-Business Suite is explicitly designed to minimize round trips between the application tier and the database. We make extensive use of caches:
Treat the symptoms but miss the real problem
If you need to bounce your EBS application tier server regularly, there's a deeper problem with your environment.
Here are some issues that can be deceptively-masked by bouncing your EBS mid-tier:
If you're experiencing problems that seem to go away when you bounce your mid-tier, that's a red flag. You should log a formal Service Request with Oracle Support so that we can help you identify the root cause.