EBS Private or Cloud

04 Jun 2020 03:16 PM By InfoSapient

EBS on Private or Public Cloud

Most companies have traditionally run ERP applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) in their privately owned data centers or in a shared colocation data center. In recent years, deployments and migrations to public Clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) have picked up momentum. Primary contributors are mature security models, hyper-scalability, high speed internet, pay-only-for-what-you-use cost model, and an ever expanding ecosystem of cloud integration applications,  
For traditional implementations, the upgrade/migration path for EBS went something like this;
  • Perform an analysis of the current hardware/software usage and footprint. 
  • Define requirements and spec out hardware.
  • Obtain business approval and procure hardware.
  • Deploy hardware and migrate application to it.
For public Cloud implementations, the upgrade/migration path for EBS has variable considerations some of which are;
  • Mapping of requirements to a public Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS). 
  • Network bandwidth, speed, and latency requirements.
  • Oracle software licensing analysis to ensure compliance.
  • Well designed Cloud migration strategy.
  • Data flow analysis between EBS and ancillary applications.
  • Performance impact analysis of complete application ecosystem that integrates with EBS. 
Additional public Cloud offerings such as OCI's DBaaS (Database-As-A-Service) which includes license and support for Oracle Database Enterprise Edition in its hourly Virtual Machine (VM) rate has tremendous cost value when compared to an on-premise license model. For companies that have perpetual database licenses with active support, DBaaS might not be as enticing.

Public Cloud may not be the best fit for companies with the following example profiles:
  • Heavily invested in a private data center with mature operational model. 
  • Large recent investments in updated hardware infrastructure.
  • Strong and deep customizations and integrations with on-premise ancillary applications.
  • Thorough cost analysis does not produce a clear case for public Cloud,
  • Company finance policies that align with a preferred business expense model. 

There are several factors to consider when relocating a critical business workload such as EBS. You need a partner who can help decipher the options and provide valuable insight to determine the best path for your company. 

At InfoSapient, we help companies get the most out of their EBS investments and provide guidance on upgrades and migrations to private or public Clouds. We offer a no obligation consultation to discuss your future EBS  platform. Allow us to answer some of your most pressing questions and guide your path to Cloud adoption.

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