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Hi-Tech Oracle Hosting For Databases And ERP Systems

By Tracy Steib

Oracle hosting is being increasingly sought out by companies who need an enterprise system but cannot devote the heavy resources and technical capability it calls for. The solution is a managed server or cloud service that can provide access to hosted versions of everything from the database to business applications. Customers can host their CRM, the flagship EBS (e-Business Suite) or even deploy and implement individual Fusion applications.

Here's hoping that anyone looking for Oracle hosting has a clear understanding of the complexity of data migration for an ERP system. This space is hardly going to be enough to discuss the broad outlines of using managed servers and perhaps a look at the SaaS aspects. It just won't be possible to delve into the individual details of how each system works and how to move it from an in-house server to a remote one.

But let's start with something simpler, such as managed hosting for a database. Providing connectivity to a database which contains a company's proprietary data needs a data center that's more secure than Fort Knox, which is nothing unusual for a web host. But in this case, the host also needs to have a top-notch DBA on hand at all times to help clients and keep a handle on things.

Opting for a database on a shared or dedicated server managed by a remote host no doubt makes it cost-effective. More importantly, the host will offer a level of performance that is almost impossible for most companies to replicate in-house. Apart from the standard 11g database, the host may be using fail-safe systems such as Real Application Clusters (RAC) which deploy a single database across a cluster of servers in order to render it immune to hardware failure.

Moving an enterprise system such as EBS to a remote host is relatively more complex. All companies, from small and medium scale to enterprise level corporate giants, will necessarily have to think long and hard before making this decision. It's the provider's call at this point, to come up with a suitable customized solution that perfectly matches the client's needs and provides huge savings.

It has to be an SAS 70 or SSAE 16 certified data center in order to meet Sarbanes-Oxley compliance standards. Also, Oracle has a lot of very specific rules and regulations about licensing for hosts and their clients. Usage has to be tracked and monitored when providing remote program access and data processing for multiple users of different clients.

No doubt it's a complex process, but once the hosted applications are made available online to users, the returns are big. It eliminates the local IT setup and the huge staffing needs for an all-encompassing ERP system. The maintenance, security, connectivity and most of the managed server administration and database administration become the responsibility of the host, which allows the client to focus on growing their core business and not worry about IT upgrades and capacity.

Oracle hosting is a highly sophisticated process, and certainly not something that any host picked randomly off the web will be capable of. They need to have certified data centers and tie-ups with Oracle. They need to have a crack team of DBAs and APEX developers ready to assist clients round the clock. Most important of all, they need to have a long list of happy clients using hosted Oracle programs.

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