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A Guide to Migrating Workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Author: Mahesh Vanapalli | | April 4, 2023


With rapid technological and industry changes in recent years, more and more businesses are beginning to shift their on-premise legacy applications, data systems, and workloads to a cloud environment.

Recent studies have shown that approximately 90% of large enterprises have adopted a multi-cloud infrastructure. Therefore, adopting a cloud-first approach is a crucial aspect of the success of any modern organization.

However, many businesses may still be hesitant to migrate to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure due to current investment in existing on-premise infrastructure, security and encryption concerns, and data governance. Therefore, businesses must understand the numerous benefits of moving legacy applications and workloads to Oracle Cloud and how to deal with various challenges and obstacles.

Benefits of Moving Legacy Applications to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

1) Greater Scalability

Shifting your business’s on-premise legacy applications to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can enable you to utilize only as much storage and infrastructure as is required for your current organizational requirements. This means you can either add new virtual servers to support growing demand and workload or scale-down capacity due to industry shifts and seasonal changes. This can allow your business to adjust infrastructure and capacity depending on real-time requirements and preferences.

2) Cost-Effective Operations

Moving legacy applications and workloads to Oracle Cloud can significantly reduce operational and maintenance costs. Oracle Cloud can allow your business to leverage your business’s existing on-premise systems, automate various maintenance processes, operate large workloads without high prices, and much more. Therefore, it can be beneficial for facilitating cost-effective operations over maintaining legacy on-premise workloads.

3) Powerful End-To-End Workload Performance

One of the biggest benefits of shifting to Oracle Cloud is faster, more powerful end-to-end workload performance. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can not only enable your business to leverage the impact of self-repairing capabilities to ensure that organizational data is secure and reliable but can also allow you to utilize emerging technology such as Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing and Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. Moving legacy on-premise applications, data systems, and workloads to Oracle Cloud can help facilitate more powerful and efficient end-to-end workload performance and more effective utilization of existing organizational resources.

4) Easier Integration and Reduced Disruption

Oracle Cloud can simplify data migration and integration for businesses across various industries. Furthermore, moving legacy applications to the cloud can reduce the disruption or downtime associated with migrating on-premise legacy enterprise applications, data systems, and organizational workloads. The business will facilitate easier integration and reduced disruption while enabling your IT team to focus on key business processes and workflows without having to spend time and scarce resources on repetitive, routine procedures.

5) Automated Security and Compliance

Maintaining adequate security and encryption and keeping track of changing regulatory compliance requirements using on-premise infrastructure can be highly complex, time-consuming, and prone to vulnerabilities. However, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has various complex features that can automate almost all security and compliance requirements.

Addressing Challenges and Obstacles With Oracle Cloud Migration

1) Existing On-Premise Infrastructure

Many businesses may be reluctant to migrate legacy applications to cloud infrastructure due to existing investment in on-premise internal infrastructure. While many companies may consider migrating to the cloud as a waste of existing on-premise infrastructure, a cloud strategy is crucial for the success of any long-term business and can be transformative for increasing efficiency and productivity. Therefore, investment in existing infrastructure can be a steppingstone to more productive operational environments.

2) Security and Encryption Concerns

While many businesses may view traditional on-premise servers and infrastructure as a more secure option for storing legacy applications, data, and workloads, migrating to a cloud environment can be a much safer choice. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can enable your business to monitor database activity, implement concurrent security systems and avoid unauthorized access attempts.

3) Data Governance

One of the biggest concerns for businesses considering moving on-premise legacy applications to a cloud environment is retaining data governance. However, Oracle Cloud can help your business take advantage of the wide variety of benefits of cloud storage while still safeguarding sensitive organizational data. Oracle Cloud can allow your company to control how and where data is stored in public or private clouds behind firewalls.

Leverage the Benefits of Migrating to Oracle Cloud

As modern business landscapes shift towards cloud environments, many organizations may consider migrating their on-premise legacy applications, data, and workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Shifting to Oracle Cloud can be extremely transformative for helping your business facilitate long-term scalability, reduce operational costs, enhance performance, expedite integration and maintenance requirements and automate security and compliance needs.

Review our whitepaper, “Lift and Shift On-Premises E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure,” to further understand the benefits of migrating to a cloud environment, how to undergo a successful cloud migration and how to manage potential obstacles. Feel free to contact our team of experts to discuss your needs and help you understand how your business can undergo successful and efficient cloud migration by partnering with Datavail.


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