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August 19, 2019 - How to avoid getting sued in your Oracle-to-the-cloud migration

In this article, James Sanders looks at how Oracle's reputation for aggressive use of audits to push customers to their own cloud services and makes the prospect of an Oracle-to-AWS migration look turbulent, the bottom line is it doesn't have to be.

How to avoid getting sued in your Oracle-to-the-cloud migration

Cloud migration of on-premises software is an increasingly compelling option for businesses, though IT decision makers are likely to embark on these migrations with trepidation, considering the likelihood of Oracle's lawyers to come knocking. Likewise, Oracle's entrenched position in the business processes of a number of firms makes migration off of Oracle outright a challenging proposition, though Oracle's self-provided cloud services are typically a fair bit more costly than simply using your Oracle licenses on Amazon Web Services (AWS)-provided virtual machines.

The migration firm Apps Associates believes it has cracked the Oracle-to-the-cloud puzzle.

"You have to be cognizant of compliance, if you move a production instance over [to a public cloud provider], and are running it concurrently, you will be in violation of your license," senior vice president of alliance Bill Saltys told TechRepublic. "Keep paying your 22% maintenance fee just as you do today in your own datacenter—or colocation facility—and you must stay compliant with your license. If either of those are a problem, then you will have a problem with Oracle."

The prospect of spinning up a VM that serves as a functional duplicate as the on-premise Oracle environment to see how it would run in the cloud may sound like a compelling option—and would be so for non-license-encumbered software—but this would naturally bring businesses out of compliance with their license agreement.

The looming prospect of vendor lock-in from public cloud providers

IT professionals are becoming increasingly concerned with the potential of lock-in from public cloud providers, with 73% of respondents in TechRepublic's Managing the Multicloud survey citing lock-in as a worry for their cloud deployments.

For cloud migrations, Saltys notes that initiatives within enterprises for Oracle-to-the-cloud migration "have accelerated dramatically" over the past two years, with the primary focuses on security, cost, and license compliance. For hybrid or multicloud deployments, Saltys notes that "inquiries are increasing… once they're already into private cloud, they might want AWS," noting that the primary priority of their clients is getting into public cloud, "and they don't want any headaches when they get there."

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