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The Oracle Analytics platform is available in the cloud with Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), on-premises with Oracle Analytics Server (OAS), or in a hybrid deployment using both.

Cloud compute size

OAC is built on Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure (OCI) and is a cloud native service that can be deployed with a compute size of between 2 and 52 OCPUs depending on the analytic workloads. It also offers the flexibility to scale up and scale down OAC environments, with the ability to shift between 2 to 8 OPCUs and between 10 and 12 OPCUs in increments of +/-2. When there is no need to access a specific OAC instance, it can simply be paused to reduce costs.

Login security

Cloud authentication is provided by Oracle Identity Cloud Service (IDCS). If single sign-on (SSO) is required, OAC can federate with other identity providers, such as Microsoft Active Directory. On-premises-supported identity servers are Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services, Open LDAP, Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Access Manger Single Sign-on, Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition, Oracle Internet Directory, and Oracle Unified Directory. Refer to the certification matrix for specific versions and dependencies.

Roles and permissions

Oracle Analytics provides role-based security. Role-based security can be specified at the user, group, and role level. Use existing roles, such as DV Content Author and BI Service Administrator, or create custom organizational roles.

Figure 1: Available application roles

Data permissions

Specify what and who can access data, reports, and projects with exact permissions on all OAC artifacts. Map read/write/full control permissions to individuals, roles, and groups. Every user has their own private folder. Share projects via shared folders and the content catalog.

Figure 2: Assigning object-based access permissions

Runtime optimizations

Optimize runtime operations by designating connected data sets as live or cached. Use direct query technology to function ship data requests to their native sources. Schedule data flows to run at predetermined intervals. Configure projects to refresh on open and at prescribed intervals to ensure the latest data is always available.

Legacy OBIEE migration options

Existing OBIEE customers have a choice to either upgrade their deployment and remain on-premises with Oracle Analytics Server (OAS) or migrate their content to the cloud with Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). Staying on-premises and upgrading to OAS is included with currently active support agreements. If a move to cloud is preferred, existing OBIEE content can be migrated to a new OAC instance. For more information about migrating OBIEE to OAS, read the OBIEE destination guide.

Hybrid deployment options

There are two hybrid deployment configurations:

Data hybrid

All data is retained on-premises while the analytics capabilities delivered with OAC are run in the cloud. It’s a performance choice to enable caching of some data or certain types of data, or to ensure no data is ever persisted in the cloud layer.

Learn more about data hybrid

Development hybrid

In this configuration, both OAC and OAS are deployed. The production analytics environment remains on-premises with OAS to ensure that no data is sent to or persisted in the cloud layer. The OAC development analytics environment that containing nonsensitive test data remains in the cloud for cost savings. Reports built in the cloud are promoted to the on-premises production environment when ready.

Supported on-premises operating systems

OAS: Supported operating systems for OAS are 64 bit: Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows x64, and Oracle Exalytics Machine. Refer to the official certification matrix for specific versions and dependencies.