JD Edwards running on Oracle Cloud may be a fantastic destination that you need to consider. Oracle Cloud is excellent at running Microsoft Windows and SQL Server workloads and has a lot of flexibility for running the different tiers of JDE.
Pebble IT in conjunction with its business partner, NDEVR have been running JDE workloads on OCI for 2 years now and can discuss in detail different strategies for migrating to OCI, whether you should upgrade before, during, after, database licensing considerations, backup and DR considerations.
There is a misconception that Oracle Cloud is only suitable for Oracle software running Oracle Linux. That is simply not true. We run high performing Microsoft Windows 2012|2016|2019 instances on OCI without incident, and we also run Microsoft SQL Server 2012|2014|2016 on OCI.
A lot of third-party add-ons for JDE have their own SQL database, and there is no issue having JDE with Oracle databases on OCI with third-party add-ons using SQL. We also can monitor the entire JDE stack including third-party add-ons using either Datadog or Oracle Cloud Control with the JDE and SQL Server add-on packs. This results in monitoring being performed through a single console.
What do we love about OCI in regards to JDE ?
- The price point is excellent. The potential savings that you could achieve by removing the need to run, maintain and manage your own infrastructure can be significant.
- OCI does not impose any restrictions on how you want to architect your JDE solutions. If you want, you could use bare-metal infrastructure, the awesome E4 AMD superfast instances (Melbourne only at this stage) and Exadata run databases. The options are impressive.
- It is a great solution for very small installations (production or test/dev) as well as large.
- It is incredibly reliable. OCI just works.
- We can use Oracle Database services for the JDE database, you don’t need to run the database on a standalone instance. Therefore you get the cost benefit of a managed instance provided by Oracle as well as being able to select performance editions to suit your requirements. You can also apply your existing Oracle database licenses to offset the service costs.
- Redundant DR architecture is very achievable and reliable.
The final point is extremely important. Oracle has 2 public cloud data centres in Australia, Melbourne (newest) and Sydney. Using Oracle databases we can deploy Dataguard to replicate the data real-time from one DC to the other and in the case of one DC becoming unavailable, the other DC can be invoked. We have employed this architecture and we have performed a real-world test – does a zero data loss failover of 20 minutes of interest to you ? We could automate the entire failover but thus far our clients have not had this requirement. The data replicates over the Oracle Cloud backbone, not your networks, so there is no additional inbound/outbound charges. In this scenario it is recommended that you have either 1G/10G FastConnect network connections to both Primary & Secondary DCs to ensure that if invoked, application performance is not impacted.
Backups can be performed using your tool of choice whether it be RMAN, Veeam, or others and for complete safety, backups can be replicated between DCs or to a different cloud provider altogether.
The key outcomes that OCI can be used to achieve include:
- Minimising your Total Cost of Ownership;
- Maximising the Protection & Availability of JDE; and
- Flexible architectures and capabilities to realise new business benefits.
Our friends at NDEVR are hosting a webinar with Oracle on the topic of migrating JDE to Oracle Cloud, you can learn more about that here.
If you want to discuss using OCI for any workload, please feel free to discuss this further with us using our contact details, and if it involves your JDE application, we will also involve our business partners NDEVR whom complement our technical support services with their full spectrum JDE support and add-on offerings.