AWS is a popular cloud infrastructure provider today and the first cloud vendor that Oracle partnered with. Oracle works with AWS to provide customers with the best experience when running Oracle technology on AWS. Because using a cloud infrastructure is different from using an on-premises data center, Oracle recommends that customers take time to fully understand AWS offerings when deploying Oracle products and services there.
Yes. Oracle is already working with a number of cloud infrastructure and service providers. Oracle's intent is to protect customer investments in Oracle technologies by expanding support for its offerings across many platforms. The decision regarding which cloud platforms Oracle will support next and the associated time lines will be primarily based on customer demand.
As a part of Oracle's standard licensing practices, Oracle offers term licenses for periods ranging from one to five years. A one-year term license, for example, can be purchased for as little as 20 percent of the product list price.
Amazon EC2 provides compute capacity in the cloud. It enables users to rent virtual machines by the hour. Using Amazon-provided web services APIs, users can dynamically provision virtual machines to develop and deploy their applications. Click here for more information about Amazon EC2.
An AMI is a virtual machine image that enables quick provisioning of a preinstalled and preconfigured Oracle software environment on Amazon EC2. Click here for more information about AMIs for Oracle software environments.
An EC2 instance comes with a certain amount of "local" storage, which is ephemeral and any data placed on EC2 storage will not be available after that instance is shut down. However, Amazon also provides another service called Elastic Block Storage (EBS) that provides block-level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EBS volumes reside on off-instance storage that persists independently from the EC2 instance. Oracle highly recommends using Elastic Block Storage to house database files.
Yes. You can use Amazon EC2's Elastic IP address functionality to assign a static IP address to your EC2 instances. Note that the Elastic IP address is associated with your Amazon EC2 account, not to an EC2 instance.
No. Amazon Web Services currently does not directly provide the clustering infrastructure required to run Oracle RAC. However, there are third-party services that provide this service via co-location services and AWS Direct Connect.
The Amazon Web Service security white paper contains details about EC2's security infrastructure. Additionally, Oracle always recommends encrypting your data at rest and in transit by using Oracle Database's rich encryption capabilities to protect it from any unauthorized access.
The Oracle-provided AMIs are for the convenience of deployment. You are not required to use these AMIs to install and run Oracle software on EC2. However, they provide a preconfigured and pretested environment to get you started. You can also download the Oracle software and install it manually using the standard installation process. Oracle provides support for customers with an active Oracle Support contract in place, regardless of which method is used to set up the software.
Amazon S3 is Amazon's storage cloud. It provides a simple web-services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. More details can be found here.
Enterprises have traditionally relied on tape for offsite backups. Tape still plays a significant role for many enterprise backup infrastructures; however, the combination of advanced disk-based storage capabilities and compelling price points offered by storage cloud vendors present new opportunities to make offsite backups more accessible and reliable.
Oracle Secure Backup provides the following advantages over traditional tape-based offsite backups:
The Cloud Backup module is a part of the Oracle Secure Backup family. Oracle Secure Backup is Oracle's next-generation backup management solution, and it now provides customers the flexibility to back up data to disk, tape, or the cloud.
The Cloud Backup module of Oracle Secure Backup can be used to back up databases in the cloud as well as to back up on-premises databases to the cloud. For on-premises databases, Oracle recommends customers first create a local disk-based backup and use the cloud as an offsite backup location that's accessible on-demand.
The Cloud Backup module can be used with all supported versions of Oracle Database, that is, Oracle9i Release 2 or higher.
The Cloud Backup module of Oracle Secure Backup is currently available on Linux and Windows platforms. It can be used with all supported versions of Oracle Database (Oracle9i Release 2 or higher).
No. The Cloud Backup module of Oracle Secure Backup currently supports only backup sets.
Yes. Once you have installed and configured the Cloud Backup module by running the Cloud Backup Installer, you can use Oracle Enterprise Manager's tape backup management interface to back up your data to the cloud.
No. You just need to download and run the Cloud Backup module installer to install the required software and configure your environment for backing up your data to the cloud.
Yes, with an Oracle Enterprise Manager plugin.
Yes. Use the same process that you would use to connect to an on-premises or local database. Just use the connect string to your running EC2 instance.
Yes. It's the same process that's used with an on-premises or local database. Just use the connect string to your running EC2 instance.