Deploying E-Business Suite on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

[Editor: This is the fourth of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is the quintessential public cloud.  Oracle has partnered extensively with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and in this article I hope to clarify were we currently stand with using E-Business Suite on Amazon EC2.

Public Clouds can introduce uncertified stack additions in the virtualization layer (hypervisor, provisioning tools). They also introduce a lack of control over physical hardware: neither the end-customer nor Oracle has control of the hardware or the virtualization stack below the OS.  This is a new factor in the relationship between Oracle and its customers.


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Amazon EC2 for non-production EBS environments 

For the time being, the novelty of public clouds and the currently-low number of proof points means that we must initially take a prudent and cautious strategy for using Amazon EC2 to host E-Business Suite instances.

Since Amazon EC2 uses a virtualization engine that is not supported by Oracle and has not been certified with E-Business Suite, this environment is not supported for production usage of E-Business Suite.  Using Amazon EC2 for hosting E-Business Suite instances may be suitable for non-production instances such as demonstration instances, test environments, and development environments.

For non-production instances, Oracle will provide support for issues that reproduce on standard certified configurations.  Users will be directed to Amazon for any virtualization-related issues.

Four Reasons to use Amazon EC2 Features for E-Business Suite environments

  1. Virtual private cloud: VPN-based extension to the customer's intranet
  2. Elastic IPs: allow sticky IP addresses for persistent references between nodes
  3. Large file import service: for DBFs larger than 5 TB, it is better to ship them on 2TB disks to Amazon -- you could have your instance up in 4-5 days
  4. High-memory instance types: EBS needs higher memory-to-CPU ratios, and higher I/O bandwidth
We expect the future to bring more great functionality and even tighter integration between E-Business Suite and Amazon's web services. Stay tuned...

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Comments:

Hi Ivo Dujmovic ,
The URL(http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2010/01/clouds_virtualization_ebs.html) is not available. It says this page is not available.

Thanks,
Madhu

Posted by Madhu Sudhan on January 19, 2010 at 02:00 PM PST #

Hi Ivo,

What is the impact of licensing when customers use Amazon E-Business Suite image for developer education/training/demonstration purposes?

Thank you,
Vijay

Posted by vijay on February 09, 2010 at 01:09 PM PST #

Hi Vijay,

You should contact your Oracle sales representative to get the answer for your specific case.

The goal is to have the virtual world be the same as the physical world in terms of licensing. Our licensing models based on physical cpu's should map to Amazon virtual cpu's. If the usage type requires paid licensing in the physical world, it is also required on the virtual machines. Usually, the Oracle model is to not charge for non-production use, but if training developers is your primary business it might be considered production use... In any case, you should contact your Oracle sales rep to confirm the exact usage / product combination.

Thanks,
Ivo

Posted by Ivo Dujmovic on February 09, 2010 at 09:44 PM PST #

We need to process 500TB of source data in your transcoding cloud, can we ship you 48TB at a time in a 5RU fiber channel SAN?

Posted by Steve Morgan on March 24, 2010 at 12:17 AM PDT #

hi ivo
sounds great

can you tell us a bit more about the oracle strategy for cloud computing ?

will oracle provide a cloud data center like ec2 in the future ?

Posted by hannes on May 09, 2010 at 11:01 PM PDT #

Hi Hannes,
After the Sun acquisition was finalized, Oracle clarified that it does not plan to be a public cloud provider itself. Instead, we are partnering with leading public cloud providers like AWS, and our wider ecosystem, to assure our customers can use public clouds.
Thanks,
Ivo

Posted by Ivo Dujmovic on May 10, 2010 at 09:34 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

With almost an year into the above article, do we have customers embracing hosting E-Business Suite on EC2 / public clouds ? I guess many customers may be willing to do it - but may be looking out for reference sites (even if anonymous) and their experiences/learnings.

Regards,
Rakesh Tripathi

Posted by Rakesh Tripathi on January 16, 2011 at 10:19 PM PST #

Hi Rakesh,

A lot has happened in this space over the last year! There has definitely been a lot of adoption of virtualization and cloud platforms, including EC2.

At Oracle Open World 2010, there was a join session with Amazon, where we announced the availability of OracleVM on Amazon EC2, and as such full support from Oracle on deploying the OracleVM templates on EC2. If you go now to Amazon EC2, you will see the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 template available.

In the same presentation, there were a couple of references. Before we talk more about them, I would need to confirm with them it would be ok to discuss them. Note that even at Open World 2009 there were early adopters who used Amazon on their own. My EBS Architecture and Deployments presentations discussed the experiences and most frequent adoption use cases.

We invite readers who have used or are considering using E-Business Suite on EC2 to post their needs and experiences. Rakesh, what is your requirement?

In addition, there will be a new blog coming out shortly on this topic, as well as a webcast in early February, so stay tuned.

Thanks,
Ivo

Posted by Ivo Dujmovic on January 17, 2011 at 08:45 AM PST #

Hi,

DO we have docs available in metalink which can tell us about the installation part of 12.1.3 on AWS or show us how do we do it.

Thanks
Nitin

Posted by Nitin on January 28, 2011 at 03:51 AM PST #

Hi,

We need oracle financials PO, Receiving, Inventory, Payables & GL on oracle erp for our min 5 users for newly formed plant for minimum one year .. we have future plan to have our own erp.. but to begin with we need oracle financials our volume of transactions will be very less... whether we can get this solution on Amezon e-business suit.. if anything is possible please contact me.. we have huge potentials to grow in gowing India market.. our company is US base.. i am IT head at this new India plant.. Please contact me for further details.. if you have this temporary solution of having ERP on cloud computing.. contat me on +91 9951899387 or send me e-mail on sawant.mangesh@rocketmail.com

Posted by Mangesh Sawant on August 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM PDT #

Hi, Mangesh,

I'm glad to hear that you're considering the E-Business Suite and Amazon. The best way of arranging for these services would be to contact Oracle India at:

Phone: +91 8040291298
Tel: 000 800 100 7789
salesinquiry_in@oracle.com

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 31, 2011 at 04:24 AM PDT #

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