On April 26th, 2018, we hosted our webcast, Lift and Shift: Behind the Scenes, with our partners at Oracle. Our CTO, Gustavo Gonzalez, shared the spotlight with Oracle's Alakh Verma - and together they educated our audience on the journey to Oracle Cloud.
You can find all the useful tips and information covered in the webcast in our recording, or read on below for the summary of our Q&A session.
Q: I understand the capabilities, but what are the costs I can expect from Oracle Cloud?
A: [Gustavo] That's a good question. So, when talking about costs, there are two components: on one side, you can purchase the Cloud services subscription directly from Oracle, or, because IT Convergence is an Managed Services Provider, you can partner with IT Convergence and actually have us providing the Oracle Cloud subscription as part of our managed services contract - which is different, because we will be consolidating your services for you. Now, in terms of how Oracle works with the subscription, for IaaS and PaaS, you pay for consumption, what Oracle calls universal credits, so you'll be consuming Universal Credits that, if you purchased directly from Oracle, you'll be able to see yourself. But if you subscribe with IT Convergence, a Managed Services Provider, you won't have to worry about that, because IT Convergence takes care of how your subscription works, as well as how to manage all your workloads that are loaded into the Oracle Cloud.
[Alakh]: I also want to add that if you're bringing your on-prem EBS, and if you're under supported maintenance with Oracle, you have BYOL (Bring Your Own License), so you won't be paying for support on Cloud because it's already taken care of - so the Cloud credit will be passed on, and the account team will work with you to construct the deal if you're working with our MSP, IT Convergence, so all the new questions of your existing license, what happens to support, how that should be moved onto Cloud, and so on will be taken care of on the EBS front, as well as with Oracle cloud and infrastructure. Based on your workload (codes, processes, compute, storage), all that is determined and once we know what is required, you sign up for a Universal Credit account, and you're charged for what you use on a monthly basis. So you have a choice to use other services as well, I mentioned integration, or analytics or custom dev apps, all that will be available for your Cloud infrastructure- just some important elements I wanted to add on to pricing.
Q: How long would an assessment of my EBS take, and does it really accurately assess what a potential move to the Cloud would entail?
A: [Gustavo] Right, well, I always say that every e-Business Suite is unique, and so what we do is we evaluate what the technical aspects are, and that can vary the time - typically it's measured in weeks, from two to six weeks, and that's depending on the servers you have, the integration, and the workloads you want to upload into Oracle Cloud. For example, if its single node, multi-node, if you have identity manager, access managers within your e-Business Suite, Load Balancer, so, all these different aspects on how you have your e-Business Suite will be part of the assessment and will be part of the solution that IT Convergence will architect for you and your organization within the Oracle Cloud.
Q: Would there be any special considerations to give if moving from OMCS (private cloud) to Oracle Public Cloud?
A: [Gustavo] There are no "special" considerations to take into account, other than the recommendations that we expressed in the webcast regarding the architecture changes and the functionality available in Oracle Cloud. In terms of the migration from one cloud to the other, you just need to keep in mind - even though you'll be doing it from Oracle to Oracle, that you would be executing the same activities when moving from any Private Cloud to Oracle's Public Cloud.
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