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November 5, 2016
4 Paths to Oracle Cloud Migration
By Frederic Portal, Ataway Director of Strategy & Alliance

Many organizations today are looking at the Cloud as the next area of investment—ultimately to lower total cost of ownership, provide more flexibility, streamline business processes and adapt to a changing business climate. Cloud solutions are far from an “all or nothing” approach, with organizations of all sizes and from all industries choosing to migrate all or some of their environments to the Cloud. With hybrid environment options, Cloud applications and hosted development or testing instances, Cloud has something to offer each customer.

Oracle offers a fully integrated Cloud application suite, offering Data as a Service (DaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to its customers.

·       Software as a Service (SaaS) 
SaaS consists of hosted applications that customers pay for month by month through a subscription fee.

·       Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) 
IaaS consists of storage and computing tools, with companies only paying for what they use.

·       Platform as a Service (PaaS)  
PaaS helps enterprise IT and independent software vendor (ISV) developers rapidly build and deploy rich applications - or extend Oracle Cloud SaaS apps - using the Oracle Cloud platform.

·       Data as a Service (DaaS) 
Users can store, manage, query, enrich, cleanse and analyze their data with the Cloud.

In addition to the different Oracle Cloud services available to customers, customers can also select the set up of their environment—from public Cloud to private environments. Some of the choices are highlighted below:

·       Public Cloud

·       On-Demand Hosted Private Cloud
Organizations share physical space with other organizations, however, the Cloud is separated virtually

·       Dedicated Hosted Private Cloud
Organization is physically separated from other organizations and Cloud provider is hosting the organization’s data and systems

·       Enterprise Private Cloud
Organization runs systems physically on location, but systems and data are hosted by a Cloud provider

Each option has their own benefits and drawbacks, with organizations taking things such as space, capacity, security and flexibility into consideration.

With Oracle’s Cloud offerings continuing to expand and customer adoption rates continuing to climb at rapid rates, it is important that customers have a strategy in place to determine what should be migrated to the Cloud and what should remain on premise. Strategy must also be coupled with action, determining where and when to start. Strategy and action can begin once an organization takes a deep look at what they have, what can be eliminated and what can be streamlined with the Cloud.

Here are four different approaches a company can take to utilize Oracle Cloud solutions:

Lift and Shift— Using this approach, organizations can take their existing applications and move them to a Cloud environment. The Lift and Shift approach is a great solution for organizations looking to cut heavy infrastructure costs significantly. Users can scale easily and enjoy lowered costs. However, this is not the solution for all organizations and applications. If the application is very demanding in terms of resources, performance may be hindered by lifting and shifting it to the Cloud.

Containerize— Containers allow for portable code, allowing it to move between on premise and Cloud environments (i.e. Docker). Containers can aid in the development process, completing each stage of development, testing, etc. in a different environment. Using this method, organizations do not have to rewrite their applications for the Cloud. However, this method may not be the best solution for every organization.  

Rewrite— As a more labor-intensive/expensive but beneficial option, organizations can rewrite their applications for the Cloud. Added business value can be significant for the right application. By rewriting an application, organizations can see an increase in productivity and make it easier in the future to move to a new release.

Keep On Premise— For some systems, organizations may not need to consider moving them to the Cloud if everything is functioning properly. Today, Oracle also offers the ability to move your On Premise system to the Oracle Cloud. It allows you to benefit from the Cloud and keep your environment.

Organizations can migrate to the Cloud by choosing whatever method or combination of methods works best for them. Many recommend starting with a workload that isn’t high risk and moving on from there. 

What about security?
Security is a common concern among those looking at the Cloud.

“Security might be the single most important issue customers face in migrating from their on-premises data centers to these cloud super data centers,” Larry Ellison said at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in September.

Oracle Cloud is continuing to design Cloud solutions with the highest priority on secure systems and enterprises. For those organizations considering the move to Cloud, it is important to determine what you as the customer and what the provider are taking responsibility of in terms of security.

For more information on these four Cloud migration strategies, click here to read Oracle and HBR’s report.

Interested in learning more about how you can transition to Oracle Cloud? Ataway is here to help you make the transition and put a Cloud migration strategy in place. Consider talking to one of our local Ataway offices. Ataway has worked on many upgrades and implementations of Oracle Cloud and can help you. Consult with Ataway’s team of experts today to learn more.

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