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Expert Advice for High-Growth Businesses

What Happens When SMBs Switch from AWS to Oracle?

Stephanie Hlavin
Senior Content Strategist

I came across a headline on one of our Oracle.com pages the other day, and it said, “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: Purpose Built for the Enterprise.” In the moment, this bugged me on behalf of my client – the small-to-medium business (SMB).

It bugged me because it reminded me of a recent conversation I had with a product marketing colleague. She shared that market research indicated that, among expanding businesses, there was a misperception that Oracle cloud solutions were suited only for large, gazillion-dollar enterprises.

Not so. But being that I’m not actually running a successful, growing business, it would be more helpful to hear from the people who are—and are using Oracle Cloud solutions to do so. Read on to find out what some of these SMBs discovered after switching from AWS to Oracle and taking the jump from on-prem to the Oracle Cloud.

Surprise! It’s a Giant Bill

Your mom was right: Quick and easy can lead to undesirable results. When N2N started building apps in 2011, they had three employees working out of a small room. That same year, they signed on with AWS and quickly grew from two instances to more than 150 instances in early 2015.

But when they sat down to examine their cloud costs, N2N was surprised to find a $15,000 monthly AWS bill. Adding insult to injury, 60% of those servers were not producing any value. So, what did they do? Moved their cloud infrastructure to Oracle and saved more than 50% on their IT costs.

On-Prem Can Be Off-Putting

Oracle SMB customer, Flexagon had an extensive on-prem environment but knew remaining that way would only mean continued slow deployments and high costs.

Dan Goerdt, Flexagon president, said, “We knew to achieve automation at scale, to accelerate delivery, improve quality and reduce cost, we needed a cloud-first approach. We began the shift to hybrid cloud by implementing Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Oracle Platform as a Service (PaaS), and we’ve reduced the cost of managing our infrastructure by 33%. With metered services, we pay only for what we use. We can utilize resources much more effectively. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure allows us to spin up and shut down at will and with ease, without any ticking clock.”

Some Say Migration; Some Say Lift and Shift

However you refer to it and no matter the company size, the prospect of moving all your workloads and applications to another environment can feel as unknown and hopeful as a Hail Mary thrown seconds before the final buzzer.

But it doesn’t have to.

As evidenced by N2N, you can migrate easily and quickly.

And then there’s Astute Business Solutions. They moved from AWS to Oracle and found that they could spin up the latest version of Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications in a devtest environment in hours, not weeks. The move also resulted in reduced cost of ownership and improved performance and reliability.

Performance or Price: The End of Choosing Only One

That’s what Frozen Mountain experienced on AWS: less-than-ideal performance and availability at high costs.

“We needed the best price-performance available. We saw performance double vs. our prior solution, which translates directly into cost savings,” says Anton Venema, CTO, Frozen Mountain. “Dollar-for-dollar, you just get more compute with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.”

Myth: AWS is Less Expensive Than Oracle

Truth: It’s not. Compared to Amazon Web Services, Oracle Cloud is lower cost.

Another discovery upon Frozen Mountain’s move from AWS to Oracle: “When the Oracle team approached us with a cloud infrastructure solution,” said Greg Batenburg, VP, Business Development, Frozen Mountain, “the cost of compute units was half of what Amazon was offering, and the bandwidth charges were reduced by a factor of 10; the concept of universal credits was fantastic. Oracle’s offering is extremely competitive and it was a natural choice for us to make the move.”

N2N came to the same conclusion.

Kiran Kodithala, founder and CEO of N2N, said “We realized we would be getting a better and more dedicated infrastructure at half the price of AWS. It was a no brainer. An Oracle Cloud Infrastructure meant a more affordable and reliable infrastructure.”

The Final Word

As Oracle SMB customer, Lynn Clark, CEO The Factory, A New Dimension, said, “They (Oracle) are welcoming small businesses. The platform has always been for what everyone knew it to be—large. You had to be a multi-billion dollar company for Oracle to work with you. To open it up to the small business, it has been great.”

Choosing a new provider or moving from an on-prem environment to a hybrid or completely hosted one is a big decision. As an innovative, growing business, these decisions carry weight in a way that differs for a large enterprise.

Other SMBs have gone before you and made the move to Oracle with great results. You can learn from their experiences and also do some comparing.

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