Oracle E-Business Suite Platform Smörgåsbord

Yes, we have a Smörgåsbord!

One of the definitions of
smörgåsbord is "a set of a great number of opportunities to combine."  This brief article (corresponding to my entrance into the world of blogging) describes the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) platform smörgåsbordWhile 'platform' can mean different things to different people, here it means an "operating system and hardware architecture combination."  So, think "Linux x86" (as in the operating system Linux on the x86 architecture) or "Solaris SPARC" (similarly, Solaris on the SPARC architecture).

We split EBS platforms into two categories:

  1. E-Business Suite Certified
  2. Database tier only

What is an E-Business Suite Certified Platform?

E-Business Suite certified platforms are platforms for which both the application and database tiers of E-Business Suite are supported, and for which there is a corresponding release package.  The term "E-Business Suite certified" is synonymous with "Rapid Install Supported".  Here are the E-Business Suite certified platforms for EBS Release 12.1.1 at the time of this writing:

  • Linux x86
  • Linux x86-64
  • HP-UX Itanium
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris SPARC (64-bit)

What is a Database Tier Only Certification?

Database tier only platforms are supported for the database tier only.  There is no corresponding EBS release package, so customers must perform a separate database install and migration.  Here are the database tier only platforms for EBS Release 12.1.1 at the time of this writing:

  • Linux Itanium
  • IBM: Linux on System z (formerly zSeries Based Linux)
  • IBM: Linux on POWER Systems
  • Microsoft Windows x64 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Itanium(64-bit)
  • Oracle Solaris x86-64 (64-bit)

For Release 11i, we used the nomenclature "Split Configuration Database Tier" to refer to a configuration which included a database tier only platform.  In Release 12, we use "Mixed Platform Architecture" to refer to a configuration where the application and database tiers are located on different platforms, either by choice or because not all tiers are certified on a particular platform.  Once a database tier is certified for a given platform (say, 11gR2 on Sun Solaris SPARC 64-bit), it can be combined with any supported application tier platform.

See the Certification Information on My Oracle Support for exact versions and platforms certified with E-Business Suite

Enjoy the smörgåsbord!



Terri, is the certification of the E-Business Tier on Solaris x86-64 on the radar?

Posted by Mike Charchuk on February 27, 2010 at 01:51 AM PST #

Mike- Application tier support for Solaris x86-64 is not currently planned, but this could change. Feel free to ping me periodically for updates if you wish.

Posted by Terri Noyes on March 01, 2010 at 08:24 AM PST #

Where can I see which version of an OS is certified, i.e. Redhat Enterprise Linux 5.3 and 5.x, or do you only certify on major releases?

Posted by Pieter on March 03, 2010 at 10:46 PM PST #

Hello Pieter-
While we don't necessarily certify on each and every update, there are specific (and very important) minimum requirements in terms of operating system / update version, kernel version and required packages. As a "for instance", you can review the tables in these Oracle Applications Installation and Upgrade Notes for Release 12.1.1:
Let me know if this is helpful, or if you have further questions or feedback.


Posted by Terri Noyes on March 04, 2010 at 07:05 AM PST #

Can you please guide with regards to implementation of EBS in a virtual environment? Meaning, for instance if we use VM ware to create a virutal server, and use one of the above mentioned certified OS and install/implement EBS. Is there a document/link that can provide information with regards to that. It would be a great help. Thank you.

Posted by guest on April 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM PDT #

Refer to this blog article which is still "current" for information on the use of virtualization solutions with the E-Business Suite:

Posted by guest on April 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM PDT #

is the migration of e-business suite from sun solaris sparc 64 bit to windows server certified?

Posted by guest on October 15, 2012 at 04:27 AM PDT #

Hello -
This is only supported on the database tier, using export/import (datapump) or Transportable tablespaces (TTS).
On the application tier, the use of Windows as a target platform for migration (following the MOS Note 438086.1, the R12 note for example) is not supported. This limitation is also noted in the application tier migration notes.

Posted by John Abraham on October 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM PDT #

I want to know what is the mean by E in EBS Oracle.

Posted by kunal on July 12, 2013 at 04:18 AM PDT #

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