Cloud migration of existing IT applications and infrastructure provides opportunities for organisations to save cost, provide greater levels of service and deliver a competitive advantage.
While the migration of certain technologies to cloud services is a no brainer – the migration of large, mission-critical database platforms can be more challenging. The associated planning, reconfiguration for dependent systems, testing and operational setup of the cloud platform can alter the cost/benefit of the whole migration.
In many instances of Oracle system optimisation, businesses consider a capacity increase as the first course of action. That is often a mistake. In my experience, 8 out of 10 times, an expansion isn’t needed to solve a problem, and just ends up an unnecessary and untimely cost.
Here are some surprising statistics we’ve seen from working in this space for the last 20 years.
80% of the fixes we’ve provided have not required any additional infrastructure or capacity spending.
Thinking about giving your Oracle database the 12c upgrade?
Upgrading your Oracle database platform is one of the most strategic IT projects an organisation will undertake.
Whilst this upgrade is a relatively straightforward process, it will typically be linked to an infrastructure platform migration, or can be tied to a major application upgrade.
We will discuss the main performance-related features in Oracle 12.2 (12c) that will directly benefit your organisation – enabling your systems to run faster or reducing the effort required to maintain and operate your critical Oracle database platforms.
When planning on an Oracle database upgrade, to maintain software currency or utilise new features, there are a number of things that can be done to minimise the risk of poor Oracle database performance after the upgrade.
Despite significant advances in the Oracle database optimiser and the supporting platform infrastructure, we as IT Managers still see poor Oracle database performance across a diverse range of workloads.There are well documented methodologies and tools available to diagnose and resolve Oracle performance problems. What we don’t see much of are the high-level steps an IT Manager can take to identify causes of poor Oracle performance and usable solutions to resolve Oracle performance problems.
Recently I have been involved in a number of cases where the topic of virtualising the Oracle eBS R12 applications tier has been on the agenda. In all cases the target deployment has been on x86_64 infrastructure (combination of blades and stand alone servers) so the virtualisation platform considered has been either VMware or Oracle VM.
Beyond the obvious known benefits of deploying the applications tier – and where relevant the database tier – on virtual infrastructure one additional benefit that does not seem to receive attention is the ability to provision specific applications components to specific servers.