5 things you should know about moving your Oracle estate to the Cloud

1) "What do you do with all the existing Oracle licences we have purchased?"

There are different approaches, depending on whether you take up the Oracle’s Cloud licensing offerings or choose to use your existing licences. There are options if you want to surrender what you have or freeze it for future use or just carry on using it but gain the benefits of the cloud. You may decide that Bring Your Own Licences (BYOL) is the best option or it may be preferable to move completely to a subscription model. Contact us info@madora.co.uk if you need some advice.

2) "Will I need to continue to manage my usage?"

Yes, you need to keep track of the users or processing power you are using especially if you are working through Universal Credits, as you may end up using them much quicker than you expected and have unbudgeted spend. Speak to us on +44 (0)1625 424354 or via info@madora.co.uk if you need someone to manage your licences and usage.

3) "What happens to my existing support agreements?"

You can take advantage of your existing licences by taking them to the cloud with ‘Bring you own licence’. Bring Your Own License (BYOL) allows you to apply your current on-premises Oracle software licenses to equivalent, Oracle IaaS and PaaS services in the cloud. This reduces the subscription cost for the cloud services and you still have support via your existing on-premises support contract. Contact us info@madora.co.uk if you need some guidance.

4) "Would I be better moving to AWS or Azure?"

The argument for using a third-party cloud provider such as AWS often revolves around pricing, reliability, geographic coverage, and the fact that so many large companies base their businesses on it e.g. Netflix and Amazon themselves of course.

The downside of a third-party cloud provider hosting Oracle software is they will always be at a disadvantage when it comes to software licensing, AWS and Azure have no control over Oracle’s licensing rules or costs. They can only sell infrastructure to run Oracle, they don’t have access to the SaaS services. As an example of Oracle’s advantage, the Oracle cloud database enterprise edition comes with several options included in the base cost; in AWS or Azure these options would have to be purchased separately. Oracle provides a cloud cost calculator which compares the Oracle cloud cost with the equivalent AWS cost – the basis of this comparison is not detailed of course! Contact us info@madora.co.uk if you need help deciding.

5) "What happens if we want to reduce our usage in the future?"

Pay as You Go (PAYG) pricing allows you to quickly provision services with no commitment and you pay only for what you use. Universal Credits enable you to select a monthly spending commitment and then consume any Infrastructure or Platform cloud service anytime, anywhere with a discount over PAYG. You have the flexibility to switch services, regions, and datacenters.

If you use PAYG cloud licensing then you can scale usage up and down, paying monthly in arrears. There is no minimum service period, but you will pay list price. You only pay for the resources used and can quickly provision and scale those. The IaaS and PaaS services are metered hourly.

If you require a lower running cost and are willing to be tied into a spend for 1 year, then you could go for ‘Universal Credits Monthly Flex’. You must commit to at least one year at a minimum spend of $1,000 per month. For this you get a reduction in the subscription costs; e.g. Oracle states at least 33% for PaaS products. You can change, or switch resources so you are not committing to a fixed set-up. Any monthly overspend is charged the same as PAYG, any monthly underspend is lost. At the end of the period you are free to change to a different monthly spend for another 12-month period, scaling up or down, or even changing to PAYG.

Contact us info@madora.co.uk if you need help.

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