Getting ‘Cloud Ready’
In my previous Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Virtualisation postings I have shown how Delphix can be used to Virtualise your EBS environment, and then how it can be used to to provision new virtual EBS environments.
Now that we are ‘Cloud Ready’ I will show how we can use Delphix Replication to migrate your Oracle EBS environments into the Cloud.
Note: When using choosing your Amazon Cloud instance for Delphix select a storage optimised instance type from the I2 family. The larger instances provide greater CPU and memory, the more memory you can give your Delphix Engine the better as this will be used as a cache improving read performance.
The I2 This family includes the High Storage Instances that provide very fast SSD-backed instance storage optimized for very high random I/O performance, and provide high IOPS at a low cost.
Delphix requires that the all the storage attached be Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Delphix does not support the use of instance store volumes
Using the Cloud
In the example above the On-Premise Oracle R12 environment (Database, dbTech Stack & Apps Tier) are all replicated to a Delphix E2C instance.
This provides an extremely Agile deployment model where Production, Prod Support, Development, Test, Integration, Acceptance Testing and Training can all be hosted where makes best sense for the business.
It is becoming increasling common to see Production On-Prem and non-Prod in the Cloud, this could be as part of a longer strategic journey to the Cloud, with quick wins being delivered by using ‘Compute On-Demand’ or the final architecture.
When customers look at ‘SaaS’ based solutions a requirement which is frequently overlooked and can be challenging for non-Virtualised solutions is business reporting and integration. Very few organisations rely on a single business solution and often struggle to get their data out of the hosted solution. This is example where a Cloud Delphix Engine could be used to replicate back to On-Prem Delphix Engine, providing the business access to the required data.
Configuring Delphix for the Cloud
To get started logon to your Source Delphix Engine as a Delphix Administrator
Navigate to System -> Replication
Provide Replication Target IP Address, Username and Password, configure Schedule and Network Options.
Click on ‘Run Now’ to start the Replication process
You can now Logon to the empty Target Server and from the pulldown select the Source Server and check the ‘Active Jobs’ to see the Replication process.
Now that you have Virtualised your Oracle EBS environment, configured Delphix Replication and Replicated the dSource and VDB’s to your Target server you are free to ‘Cloud Burst’, expanding and shrinking the number of EBS environments in-line with business demand.