For this reason, the cloud is quickly becoming a necessity for businesses that need more than on-premises IT can provide, with many organizations looking to shift applications, and the databases they rely on, out of the data center.

It is important to remember though, that the data that links all apps and databases together must be handled with utmost care. Industry leaders agree that data is now a kind of capital in today’s business climates, on a par with financial capital even—and this data underpins both the databases and applications that organizations need to build competitive advantage.

So the question becomes this:

How can you move your application workloads, their critical data, and the systems that rely on it to the cloud—without incurring unnecessary risks, costs, or downtime?

This digibook explores five key cloud-migration use cases. Each one will let you see the challenges of specific migration areas, and the solutions your peers have used to ensure a smooth journey to the cloud.

The biggest challenge that we see with clients migrating to the cloud, especially with databases, is the lack of tools which would automate the migration. We decided to book one day with the client to migrate their database. It was a Hyperion database. And only after setting the SSH keys, which you needed for the cloud, it took us less than five minutes to migrate the database, and then less than one hour to migrate the structure.

—Julian Dontcheff, Global Database Lead, Accenture

We selected Oracle for a couple [of] reasons. First, we wanted to be on one of the most modern, secure ERP cloud platforms on the market today, but most importantly, we wanted to focus on refining gold and silver instead of having to mitigate IT issues.

—Kevin Braddy, IT Director, Asahi Refining

Oracle also offers a range of tools to simplify the migration process. Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service is a cloud-based, real-time data-integration and data-replication service. It can help you move data seamlessly from a range of on-premises relational databases to databases in the cloud with sub-second latency—all while maintaining data consistency and offering fault tolerance and resiliency. It also helps you replicate data between third-party cloud services (such as Amazon) and Oracle’s cloud and on-premises systems.

For enterprises looking to deploy VMware or KVM-based data center workloads in the cloud, Oracle Ravello Cloud Service can help. It helps customers deploy virtual environments and workloads on Oracle Public Cloud, AWS, or Google Cloud just as they are, without any modification to the VMs, network, or storage.

With Oracle Cloud, you can replatform all your apps and databases, connect SaaS solutions, and extend the reach of your critical applications to make the most of what the cloud can offer.

Companies looking to integrate their applications need to understand what they want to achieve, what tools they require, and what they can afford. Oracle PaaS and Oracle IaaS met all our integration and scalability needs, and Oracle’s extensive partner and support network throughout the region was invaluable.

—Vimal Narayan, Manager, Integration, Fletcher Building

The ease in moving between on-premises solutions—Oracle and third-party offerings—and Oracle Cloud ensured a smooth migration. We moved an instance of FlexDeploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service in just 15 minutes when we began this journey.

—Dan Goerdt, President, Flexagon

Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service can help—keeping dispersed data in sync in real time across multiple databases. As a cloud-based integration and replication service, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service can help you move data from a range of on-premises relational databases to databases in the cloud with sub-second latency. It also helps you replicate data between third-party cloud services (such as Amazon) and Oracle’s cloud and on-premises systems. This can help unify previously dispersed data and keep your data operations in harmony across the enterprise.

But when innovation and data-driven insights are the difference between outmaneuvering the competition and falling behind, you want to make sure you pick the right cloud for your data-management platform.

With the ability to help you collect, process, integrate, and analyze any data, at any scale, Oracle Cloud Platform empowers you to manage and integrate data across on-premises and cloud systems. With support for Oracle Database, MySQL, NoSQL, and Hadoop, it allows you to manage different types, structures, and scales of data in a standards-based way using high-performing, enterprise-grade cloud solutions.

Oracle Cloud Platform can help enterprises in all industries make the most of all data sources to become truly data-driven organizations while significantly reducing the costs and risks associated with traditional data management.

The database is one of the key (if not the most important) piece of our application when it comes to driving performance. Oracle was selected as the provider that could help us achieve the quickest time to market with the lowest risk.

—Corinne Grillett, Chief Customer Officer, Calypso Technology

By migrating to a high-performing, secure, reliable, and scalable Oracle Platform as a Service, we have reduced capital expenditure by US$25,000 and storage costs by US$6,000. We can create reports 11 times faster and deliver training to global users 5 times faster by launching training environments in just two days.

—Pramod Gokhale, Chief Information Officer, Mankind Pharma

To reduce costs, complexity, and time to value, many organizations are taking their data warehouses to the cloud. Whether hosted locally in a private cloud, outsourced to a public cloud service, or a mixture of the two, the cloud offers simpler management, streamlined scalability, and new ways to cut the costs associated with data storage and processing.

A complete data-warehouse platform that integrates with leading database and LOB applications, Oracle Data Warehouse solutions can help leading enterprises reduce the costs of data extraction, processing, and analysis—while delivering innovations that can help you create a hybrid analytics model and capture value from all your data sources.

It’s very easy for us to implement all plausible use cases by having both Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud. That is one of the primary reasons we went with this deployment strategy, so that we could keep things open.

—Raj Paul, Vice President of IoT and Connected Services, Lochbridge

Using big data, analytics, and the cloud, we are starting to look at the entire machine complex to determine the extent to which introducing fault tolerances and upgrading accelerators would improve reliability without breaking the budget.

—Johannes Gutleber, Senior Engineer in Charge of Accelerator Reliability and Availability Assessment, CERN

Totally integrated with Oracle’s leading database solutions, Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service is simple to deploy and use, and able to integrate with existing cloud, on-premises, and hybrid database environments. And with end-to-end encryption—both in transit and at rest—you have peace of mind that your backups are safe and secure. With data centers all over the globe, Oracle cloud backups can ensure you aren’t prone to a single point of failure, and can help keep data in your country of business.

Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service also provides a secure, cost-effective disaster-recovery solution that reduces CapEx and OpEx. You can keep pace with data growth with elastic storage resources, and improve ROI with an active disaster-recovery standby. Oracle Cloud also lets you choose the disaster-recovery services you need to meet your specific RPO and RTO—from backup to zero-data-loss replication—regardless of whether production is on premises or in the cloud.

By reducing the burden of complex and tactical operations, Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service can help automate disaster recovery, and improve business continuity and application uptime.

Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service provided us a scalable, secure, and quickly implementable disaster-recovery solution. We now have the centralization and standardization of the database backup process, adding the ability to manage backups directly rom Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.

—Robert Tomaka, V-c IT Department Manager, Diagnostyka

We have been pleased with our initial investigations with Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service and Oracle Java Cloud Service solutions, and look forward to continuing our investigations with Oracle Database Cloud.

—Eric Grancher, Group Leader of Database Services, CERN