The Importance of Reducing EBS Storage Footprint

Most companies can greatly benefit from the implementation and maintenance of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) as a support mechanism for their various business applications and needs. For those companies who fit this description, managing the Oracle EBS storage footprint will be an important part of reaping the benefits of the software. The Oracle EBS storage footprint is the amount of space occupied by the software based on its data growth. It includes storage for production, testing and development environments. As outlined in Datavail’s whitepaper, Reducing EBS Storage Footprint, the reduction of the EBS storage footprint presents considerable benefits to enterprises, including:

  • Increase in performance and efficiency; faster response times
  • Less need for hardware, software, and data center maintenance
  • Overall cost decrease

Trimming your data storage footprint leads to improvements in application service delivery and responsiveness and a more robust data-protection capability. Here is a closer look at the benefits described above.

Increase in performance, efficiency; faster response times

Reducing the data footprint can positively impact existing bandwidth for data access, remote backup, and data replication as more data can be moved or transferred efficiently. The freed space facilitates consolidation and data migration to the energy-efficient platforms. This decreases the time required for data protection, including file system scans and data movement.

It also expedites data recovery and application restart during disaster-recovery scenarios. This in turn lowers the impact from file system scans for backup and other overhead functions, and, as a result, reduces exposure during rebuilds due to faster copy times and denser data.

Less need for hardware, software and data center maintenance

With a reduced EBS storage footprint, there is less need for hardware and the time required to perform cloning tasks. By maximizing what you already have through the use of various techniques for data footprint reduction, you can extend the efficiency of your current IT resources including power, cooling, data-handling capacity, network bandwidth, and software license resources.

This means the database backup processes can become faster and less costly therefore enhancing application service delivery in the form of timely backup, improved performance, and high availability. This in turn increases efficiency and data entry responsiveness, easing the process of upgrading application versions and completing software patches. With smaller data volumes, it takes less time for your IT organization to provision non-productive environments.

Overall cost decrease

When the EBS storage footprint is reduced, there is less need for frequent additions of storage space and the costly hardware upgrades as well as associated software license and maintenance fees, which can lower storage and staffing costs, increase IT efficiency, improve the performance of applications, and result in faster response times.

The reduction of the EBS storage footprint offers benefits by cost-effectively and efficiently managing data volume explosions in E-Business Suite and securely managing different classifications of data based on their value to the business. This results in faster backups and cloning and leads to a better performance overall.

If you need assistance in reducing your EBS storage footprint, Datavail can help you do that seamlessly. Datavail’s Oracle E-Business Suite database administrators have substantial experience in R12 that includes one of the largest implementations in the world. We provide an industry-leading team of Oracle EBS database administrators to assist customers with all DBA needs. Our expert team has supported a wide range of large and small operations throughout their careers, allowing them to share and apply their unique experience and knowledge across our entire client base.

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John Kaufling
Vice President and Practice Leader of Application Services
John Kaufling has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, including more than 12 years as an Oracle EBS database administrator at Level 3 Communications and at Oracle Corporation. His specialties include implementations, upgrades, performance tuning and extensive capability to support the product. John’s work with Oracle apps database administration has included experience with SOA suite, Veritas Cluster, Oracle DataGuard, Load Balancing from Resonate, Cisco and BigIP and extensive experience with Oracle self-service applications and self-service framework technology.

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