Introduction to Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager

This chapter covers the following topics:

Introduction

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager is a web-based application that drives all the principal automation flows for Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, including provisioning new environments, performing lifecycle management activities on those environments, and restoring environments from on-premises.

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager was designed to simplify the diverse tasks Oracle E-Business Suite database administrators (DBAs) perform on a daily basis, with the goal of reducing the effort needed to perform them.

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager offers the following benefits:

Features

This section describes available utilities and lists all key features delivered with the automation for provisioning, lift and shift, and lifecycle management when running Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Automation Tools

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager is a web application that provisions and manages Oracle E-Business Suite environments on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It is deployed as a virtual machine within the customer tenancy. Major capabilities include One-Click Provisioning, Advanced Provisioning, and Cloning.

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Backup Module

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Backup Module is a standalone tool that interviews the user to establish settings, and then uses those settings to back up an Oracle E-Business Suite on-premises environment to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage as part of a "traditional lift and shift".

Oracle Applications Manager

Oracle Applications Manager (OAM) is a web-based tool that supports managing and monitoring of an Oracle Applications system from an HTML-based central control console. You can run on-premises OAM and use the new Cloud Standby feature to create a standby environment in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as part of a "reduced downtime lift and shift".

Separation of Duties

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager allows for differentiated roles between different personnel in your organization: network administrators, Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager administrators, and Oracle E-Business Suite administrators (DBAs). These are achieved using the following constructs:

One-Click Provisioning

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager One-Click Provisioning is used to provision new demonstration environments in which the application tier and database tier reside on a single VM.

Advanced Provisioning

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager Advanced Provisioning can be used to provision an environment from object storage backups as well as to provision a new environment. Advanced Provisioning includes the following features:

Lift and Shift

Traditional Lift and Shift

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager combined with the Oracle E-Business Suite Backup Module provide this lift and shift capability.

Lift and shift automations support an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 or later, or Release 12.1.3 installation (with Oracle Database 19c, 12.1.0.2, or 11.2.0.4) to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and certified Oracle Database cloud services.

Reduced Downtime Lift and Shift

You can create a standby of your on-premises Oracle E-Business Suite installation in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and promote that standby to accomplish your lift and shift. This capability is currently available for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.3 or later with Oracle Database 19c or Oracle Database 12.1.0.2, with a target of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute.

Discovery

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager provides the capability to discover an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure environment that meets the standards described in My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 2656874.1, Standards Used by the Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager for Provisioning Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Source environments will typically be environments that result from one of the following operations:

Database

Database Platforms

Automated provisioning and lift and shift utilities provide the option to run your database on the following platforms:

Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Database with a Certified Quarterly Database Patch

This feature allows you to select a certified quarterly database bundle patch when using Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager to perform the following:

Transparent Database Encryption

Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) is automatically enabled for environments provisioned using Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager if the target database is on one of the following platforms:

In addition, you have the option to enable TDE for environments provisioned on Compute.

Compute Virtual Machines (VMs)

The following shapes are supported for all scenarios in which you can create or add an application tier node, or create a database tier node on Compute:

These scenarios include: Advanced Provisioning, Adding an Application Tier Node, Cloning, and Standby Deployment (Reduced Downtime Lift and Shift).

For more information, see Virtual Machine Shapes.

Middleware Licensing Model

You will select either a Bring Your Own License (BYOL) or a Universal Credit Management (UCM) model for middleware licensing when creating your application tier during Advanced Provisioning or Cloning. The same licensing model is used across all application tier nodes in your environment, and this model is inherited when you add a node.

Time Zone Support

When conducting Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager Advanced Provisioning, you can choose the operating system time zone for your destination servers, except in the case of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Exadata Cloud Service. This feature is not available for Exadata Cloud Service because once an Exadata infrastructure resource is created, the infrastructure time zone cannot be changed.

Note that changing to a time zone different from the one used during your initial Oracle E-Business Suite implementation can cause data corruption, so you should use caution when choosing a different time zone.

For more information about the implementation of time zone support, see Time Zone Support in Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager.

Fault Domains

When using Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager to provision, provision from a backup, or clone, all the deployed database tier and application tier nodes will be associated with a fault domain. You can choose the fault domains yourself or accept the defaults that are provided.

Tagging

Tags can be used to identify all resources associated with an environment or group of environments. When using Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager to provision, provision from a backup, or clone, the Installation Details page allows you to choose a pre-defined tag or specify a new (free-form) tag.

Lifecycle Management

Infrastructure Optimized Clone for Oracle E-Business Suite Environments

The Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager Cloning feature takes advantage of the native Block Volume Cloning capability in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and can be used for environments deployed by Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager where the database and application tiers both reside on a Compute VM. It has the following characteristics:

Create a Backup

You can create backups of environments running Oracle Database 19c, 12.1.0.2, or 11.2.0.4 that were provisioned using Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager Advanced Provisioning. Note that these backups can then be used to provision a new environment across any certified cloud service combination using the Advanced Provisioning "Provision from Object Storage Backup" capability.

Define a Scheduling Policy for Backups

You can create backups for an Oracle E-Business Suite environment automatically on a schedule by defining scheduling policies. These can be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.

Add and Delete Nodes

A new horizontal scaling capability allows you to add and delete application tier nodes. Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager reconfigures the system to operate with the added or deleted node or nodes and, if you are using a load balancer, modifies the back end set accordingly.

Delete an Environment

You have the option to delete environments created using Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager, whether from a new provisioning, a provisioning from a backup, or an infrastructure optimized clone.

Delete a Backup

You have the option to delete object storage backups that were created using Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud automation tools. This includes backups created using one of the following two methods:

Extensibility Framework

Each major job in Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager, such as provisioning or cloning, consists of a set of phases and tasks defined in a driver file and run by a processing engine. You can review the status of each phase and task, as well as the overall job.

The Extensibility Framework provides administrators the ability to add tasks to jobs for Advanced Provisioning, cloning, and promoting a standby environment. Both seeded tasks and custom tasks are supported:

In addition, you can now insert pauses between phases as you choose, and resume the job when desired. For example, you can insert a pause if you want to perform your own manual validations after a particular phase.

Online Help

Online help is available for key Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager flows.