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Oracle E-Business Suite Platform Smorgasbord

Steven Chan
Senior Director

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!


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Comments ( 15 )
  • Mike Charchuk Saturday, February 27, 2010

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

  • Terri Noyes Monday, March 1, 2010

    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.

  • Pieter Thursday, March 4, 2010


    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?

  • Terri Noyes Thursday, March 4, 2010

    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.


  • guest Friday, April 27, 2012

    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.

  • guest Friday, April 27, 2012

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


  • guest Monday, October 15, 2012

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

  • John Abraham Monday, October 15, 2012

    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.



  • kunal Friday, July 12, 2013

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

  • Manthri Srikanth Thursday, July 7, 2016


    Is the migration of e-business suite from sun solaris sparc 64 bit to Oracle Linux 5.11 64 bit is certified in specific to Application Tier (I know that the migration database tier is certified from sun solaris sparc 64 bit to Oracle Linux 5.11 64 bit)??

    So, just wanted to check on the migration of application tier.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Manthri Srikanth

  • John Abraham Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Hi Manthri -

    Yes, platform migration between platforms such as Solaris and Linux are certified following the appropriate app tier migration process as outlined in MOS Notes for 12.0/12.1 (Doc ID 438086.1), 12.2 (2048954.1) or 11i (238276.1).

    Please review all details in the relevant documentation including the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) for OS requirements, etc.



  • Mohamed Amin Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    Does Oracle Support Mix platform for Application ?
    My OS for database and application is Solaris 11 and we need to add another node for the Application on Oracle Linux64 to be used for Isupplier.
  • John Abraham Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    Hi Mohamed -
    The platform mixing of application tiers in this manner for EBS 12.2 and higher is not supported due to the newer tools for app tier syncing that won't work across different platforms.
    It is possible to do this for EBS 12.1 though the maintenance is much higher for separate OS, Apps patching, sys administration, etc.
  • M A Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    Many Thanks for your replay. is there a document or note for version 12.2 and also 12.1, because my manager needs from me to do this migration instead of buying new spark server for Isupplier, and he needs an evidence from me.
  • John Abraham Thursday, October 4, 2018
    Hello -
    There is not a particular 12.1 MOS Note describing precisely how this is to be done since it's an unusual use case. This can be derived though from the Rapid Install document which describes the use of multi-node deployments:
    Also, the load balancing document which describes the architectures possible for multi-node (MOS Note 380489.1).
    You would have to install EBS 12.1.3 separately on this Linux node, with the *exact* same level of patching as your other app tier nodes to which this system is added.
    Also, to reiterate, this type of platform mixing is not supported for 12.2.
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