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As a follow up to a prior announcement, database migration across platforms of different "endian" or byte ordering formats using the Transportable Tablespaces (TTS) process is now certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release R12 (12.1.3) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0) as both the source and target database. The previous announcement covered the use of 11gR2 as the source and 12cR1 as the target database. Furthermore, this TTS migration process uses the new 12c feature of full transportable export/import to move the entire database to further speed up the migration process. Also, users have the option to use cross platform incremental backup, a way to minimize database downtime and data transfer times. This migration process requires a patch delivered by EBS Development that is 'Controlled', i.e. it requires a password obtainable through Oracle Support subject to approval. We released the required patch in this manner to assess suitability, potentially monitor customer issues due to the nature of this technology and to gauge uptake.

 The "endian-ness" of platforms can be checked by querying the view V$TRANSPORTABLE_PLATFORM using sqlplus (connected as sysdba):

SQL> select platform_name, endian_format from v$transportable_platform;

Here's a list of relevant platforms certified for the EBS R12 with 12cR1 on the database tier:

 Big Endian Platforms  Little Endian Platforms
 Oracle Solaris on SPARC  Linux x86-64
 HP-UX Itanium  Oracle Solaris on x86-64
 IBM AIX on Power Systems  MS Windows x64

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John Abraham


John Abraham is a Director of Product Management in the Applications Technology Group for Oracle E-Business Suite. He heads product management for the E-Business Suite Platform Engineering group responsible for the release and certifications of the E-Business Suite and its technology on hardware platforms and systems. The team is also responsible for certifying migrations of the E-Business Suite between platforms, including cross platform migrations to the Oracle Cloud.

John joined Oracle in 2003 and has wide experiences in development (user interface, systems engineering), design, and product management. He enjoys hiking, most things culinary, watching (though no longer playing) soccer and occasionally hitting tennis balls with friends.

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