PeopleSoft on the Cloud
01. What has Oracle announced about PeopleSoft and the Oracle Cloud?
Oracle has announced that customers have new infrastructure options available to them, the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Classic and the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (formerly known as “Bare Metal”. Additionally, customers looking for a Platform as a Service (PaaS) option ton which to run their PeopleSoft workloads have some new options - Database Cloud Service (DBCS) and Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service (Exadata Service). PeopleSoft customers have the ability to move all of their environments to the Oracle Cloud and take advantage of Oracle IaaS and PaaS for their next Oracle Applications project.
02. Are there additional fees for using PeopleSoft with Oracle Cloud?
Oracle Cloud resources and services are available for subscription by Oracle customers. Customers who already own a license to PeopleSoft applications may use their Oracle Cloud subscription to provision and deploy a PeopleSoft instance on the Oracle Cloud. The deployed instance may be used for development, testing, training, etc. Once a customer acquires a subscription to Oracle Cloud, no additional PeopleSoft application license or usage license is required.
03. Is Oracle releasing PeopleSoft as a SaaS Application?
No. Oracle has no plans to offer PeopleSoft as a SaaS solution.
04. Do I need to purchase PeopleSoft in order to use it on Oracle Cloud?
Oracle customers who already own a license to PeopleSoft applications may use the Oracle Cloud to host instances of their licensed applications. Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructre provides a choice of a “Bring your Own License” model for Oracle Compute, or a subscription model that includes a database license. withDatabase Cloud Service (DBCS) and EXaCS. Customers who wish to use the Oracle Compute Cloud must already own a valid license to the software deployed on virtual machines in Oracle Compute Cloud.
05. If we own a PeopleSoft application license, does it allow us to use Oracle Cloud?
Oracle customers who already own a license to PeopleSoft applications may use the Oracle Cloud to host instances of their licensed applications. There are no additional application license requirements for using Oracle Compute Cloud resources. Oracle Cloud is a subscription priced offering in addition to your PeopleSoft license and support payments.
06. How are subscriptions to Oracle Cloud offered? By user? By CPU? Per Day?
There are multiple ways to subscribe to Oracle Cloud. Your Oracle sales representative(s) can assist you in determining the best option for you.
07. What are some of the ways I can use PeopleSoft with Oracle Cloud?
There are many scenarios where you might benefit from using Oracle's Compute Cloud with your PeopleSoft applications. Some of these include:
Demo instances of the latest PeopleSoft application images (PUM Images).
Using Oracle's Compute Cloud and the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, customers may access and deploy an instance of the latest release of PeopleSoft HCM, FSCM and other applications in order to explore our latest features and capabilities.
Test instances of YOUR PeopleSoft database.
Using PeopleSoft's Deployment Framework and PeopleTools 8.55, customers can easily "Lift and Shift" instances of a PeopleSoft development system to virtual machines in the Oracle Compute Cloud.
Creation of a complete PeopleSoft Development and Testing environment.
Extending the scenario listed above, customers can migrate all of their PeopleSoft Development and Testing instances to the Oracle Compute Cloud. One option that will help developers use a Cloud development environment would be to create Windows Development environments on Oracle's Compute Cloud in which you deploy the entire PeopleTools Development Client tools. These Cloud based Windows environments can be configured to work with Cloud based development systems and accessed by your developers using Windows Remote Desktop.
Production PeopleSoft environment.
Migrate your existing PeopleSoft data — including application modifications and customizations — to the Oracle Cloud. The Oracle Cloud is completely "production ready" for PeopleSoft. Most customers will elect to employ Oracle's Database Cloud Service (DBCS) or Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service (ExaCS) for the database tier of a production environment because of the scalability, robust performance, high availability and security features provided by these services. Customers will also ensure that they have addressed other infrastructure requirements associated with a full production Enterprise Applications environment such as: Integrations, Fault Tolerance, Security, Identity Management, etc. The Oracle Cloud has solutions for each of these requirements. In many cases, PeopleSoft customers are looking to engage Oracle or Oracle certified partners to assist with the deployment, configuration and management of their PeopleSoft production solution in the Oracle Cloud.
08. How do we create an instance of PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud?
It’s easy. Once you have an Oracle Compute Cloud subscription, you can access the Oracle Marketplace and select PeopleSoft from the Marketplace list of application images. Follow the online guide in order to allocate your account’s compute resources in order to host your own PeopleSoft application image. These images can be used for DEMO purposes, to explore new features or, eventually, as the basis for a Cloud system for PeopleSoft Selective Adoption. There are other ways to use the Oracle Cloud for PeopleSoft described on the PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud concept page.
09. Can we make customizations on PeopleSoft when we use Oracle Cloud?
Yes, the PeopleSoft software architecture allows for customers to modify or customize their systems, whether the systems are deployed on the Oracle Cloud or within an on-premisess datacenter.
10. If we develop or test customizations of PeopleSoft on the Cloud, how do we migrate them to our on-premises production system?
PeopleSoft’s tools for managing customizations through the application lifecycle are already Cloud friendly. That is, the same Lifecycle Management tools will be used to migrate changes from Development to Testing and into Production, irrespective of whether the datacenter where those systems reside is on-premisess or in the Cloud.
11. Will we be able to use PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) on the Oracle Cloud?
Yes. There are a number of uses of the PeopleSoft application images and the PeopleSoft Update Manager. The PeopleSoft Image can be used as a demo instance of the latest features of the PeopleSoft application. The PUM tool is used to review and select new features as well as fixes and maintenance as PeopleSoft releases them. Those changes are extracted then applied to other PeopleSoft systems for development, testing and eventually, production. This process works whether those systems are on the Cloud or on-premisess.
For more information about Selective Adoption on the Oracle Cloud, please refer to the Oracle By Examples documented here
12. Can we use our own custom data with PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud?
Yes, the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture allows you to use our Deployment Framework with our default (DEMO) databases as well copies of your own DEV/TEST databases. This is in fact one of the most powerful scenarios for the Cloud: a complete PeopleSoft development and testing environment on Oracle Cloud that uses your own existing data.
13. Can we use the same certified third-party products we currently use on-premises with PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud?
Yes, the entire PeopleSoft architecture is the same whether deployed on-premisess or on Oracle Cloud. All the third party components that comprise a PeopleSoft application instance will be deployed on the Cloud. Oracle’s Cloud strategy should also allow customers to use the Oracle Cloud to host instances of other applications that may be used to integrate with their PeopleSoft systems. Please refer to published capabilities and guidelines for using Oracle Cloud with your non-Oracle workloads.
14. Can we create a multi-node PeopleSoft cluster on Oracle Cloud?
Yes. Using PeopleSoft’s Cloud Architecture, it’s easy to provision and deploy Oracle Compute Cloud resources to function as a complete PeopleSoft multi-node cluster.
15. Will our Cloud based PeopleSoft system be visible to the general public?
No, based on Oracle Compute Cloud’s default security settings, your PeopleSoft instance will only be accessible by your internal users and teams.
16. Oracle provides Database Cloud Service (DBCS) and Exadata Cloud Service (Exadata Service) - can we use these services with PeopleSoft?
Yes. If you subscribe to Oracle's DBCS or Exadata Cloud Service offerings, you will be able to use these database services to host your PeopleSoft database.
17. What tools are used for managing PeopleSoft environments on Oracle Cloud?
PeopleSoft delivers PeopleSoft Cloud Manager to help you manager your PeopleSoft environments on the Oracle Cloud. For more information on Cloud Manager, visit the Cloud Manager Page
In addition to Cloud Manager, there are many options for tools to manage PeopleSoft environments. These options are expanded when considering deployment on the Oracle Cloud. You will be able to use cloud instances of PSADMIN, PeopleSoft Performance Monitor, Oracle Enterprise Manager, the PeopleSoft Application Management Pack, and specific to the Oracle Cloud, you will be able to use Oracle’s Enterprise Manager on Compute Cloud service.
18. Does Oracle provide managed services for PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud?
Yes. Oracle's Managed Cloud Services team (OMCS) already provides managed services for PeopleSoft customers and have expanded their service offering to include the deployment and management of PeopleSoft instances on the Oracle Cloud.
19. How can we use Oracle Cloud as part of our PeopleSoft upgrade?
The cloud can be used for additional resources necessary to do an upgrade. Pre-9.2 applications can be manual loaded into the cloud. Once an application has been upgraded to 9.2, then Cloud Manager can be used to mange the environment.
20. How can we use Oracle Cloud as part of our PeopleSoft Selective Adoption execution?
Selective Adoption maintenance process can be done with the Source PUM environment residing on the Oracle Cloud. The Target destination can be an environment that is either in the Cloud or on premises. If the environment is in the Cloud, the Cloud Manager helps you with setting up the PUM environment and connecting the Source and the Target.
For more information about Selective Adoption on the Oracle Cloud, please refer to the Oracle By Examples documented here
21. Does Oracle allow customers to run production instances of PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud?
Yes you can. Please refer to the earlier question, "What are some of the ways I can use PeopleSoft with Oracle Cloud?"
in this FAQ for more information.
22. Who do we contact to learn more about deploying our PeopleSoft to the Oracle Cloud?
For more information on running PeopleSoft in the cloud, visit the PeopleSoft Information Portal at www.peoplesoftinfo.com
, or visit the Cloud Manager Page on the Information portal
Contact your Oracle Technology sales representative for information about licensing compute space.
23. PeopleSoft has many options for Configurations (to reduce customizations), can these configurations be done on the Cloud?
Yes, it is possible to configure PeopleSoft applications using features like Pivot Grids, Activity Guides, Fluid Home Pages, Navigation Workcenters and more. Any configuration change in a cloud environment can be migrated to other environments using Application Data Sets.
24. Are there limits to how many environments we can 'spin up'?
The Oracle Cloud is elastic, meaning it can expand and provide more compute resources as your needs expand.
25. Who manages our environments once they are running in the Cloud? My company? Oracle? A partner? Are there options here?
Environments running in the Oracle Cloud are owned by your company and managed by you or your service provider. Oracle’s service provider, Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS), may or may not run.
26. What do I do when I am done with an environment?
If you are no longer using an environment it can be removed from the Oracle Compute Cloud. Cloud Manager provides services to automate processes like starting, stopping, deleting and creating environments.
27. How do I integrate with environments in the Cloud? Does Integration Broker work on an environment in the Cloud?
PeopleSoft integration technology, Integration Broker works in the cloud. Integration Broker uses the Integration Gateway servlet to manage integrations. The networking setup in the cloud must provide the appropriate security control list and machine relationships in order for integration to run properly.
28. Can I patch and update environments in the Cloud?
Yes, Cloud Manager is designed to simplify and automate much of the application and tools maintenance for environments in the cloud. Please refer to the Cloud Manager FAQ for more information.
29. Can I run a non-oracle database on the Oracle cloud?
Yes, non-Oracle databases can be installed on the Oracle Compute Cloud.
30. What version of PeopleSoft Application is supported on the Oracle Compute Cloud?
Support for PeopleTools environment on the Oracle Compute Cloud is based on the operating system and database releases. If the operating system running in the cloud is supported by the PeopleTools release being used, it can be deployed on the cloud.
PeopleSoft Cloud Manager
01. What is the minimum PeopleSoft version supported by Cloud Manager?
Cloud Manager only supports PeopleSoft environments that are on application version 9.2 and minimum PeopleTools 8.55. Minimum version for Integration Hub is 9.1.
02. Do I have to patch my Oracle Database before I do a lift to DBCS?
Platform details are subject to change. Please refer to the Cloud Manager Home Page, Doc ID 2231255.2 on My Oracle Support for more details.
03. I already have a license for the Oracle database, can I use this with Cloud Manager?
Yes, the Oracle Compute environment is a 'bring your own license' platform. An additional license is required if you choose to deploy the database on the Oracle Database Compute Service.
04. Cloud Manager provides an ability to have your on-premises Oracle Enterprise Manager with AMS for PeopleSoft to monitor Cloud Manager instances, how does this impact my on-premises AMS for PeopleSoft license with respect to CPU's or named usage?
If you have already licensed AMS for your on-premises PeopleSoft management, you can deploy the PeopleSoft plug-in to the Hybrid EM Agent on your PeopleSoft OPC/IaaS instance.
05. Can I use Cloud Manager to Lift and Shift an instance with a very large database?
There is no limit to the size of the database that can be compressed and copied to the Cloud. For exceptionally large databases, there is an option of creating a backup and manually installing the backup in a cloud data center. For more information on that process, please contact your Oracle Technical sales representative.
06. If I run a non-oracle Database, what parts of Cloud Manager can I use?
Cloud Manager is only certified to support PeopleSoft applications that use the Oracle database.
07. What is Cloud Manager?
PeopleSoft delivers PeopleSoft Cloud Manager to help you manage your PeopleSoft environments on the Oracle Cloud. Cloud Manager helps you to:
- Provision PeopleSoft environments on Oracle Compute Cloud and Oracle Database Cloud Services.
- Automatically download application PUM Images, application PRPs and PeopleTools patches.
- Migrate an on-premises environment to Oracle Cloud.
- Create reusable deployment templates.
- Use self-service provisioning of PeopleSoft environments.
- Manage multiple environments from a single page.
- Perform on-demand health checks on environments.
- Enable application lifecycle management in Oracle Cloud.
- Clone environments by creating templates from running instances.
08. Why is Cloud Manager important for me and my team?
Running PeopleSoft applications takes time and resources. Shifting the running of the applications to the Oracle Cloud can lessen the cost and the time it takes to manage PeopleSoft applications. Cloud Manager provides even more. It simplifies administrative tasks that are required when running PeopleSoft applications and it gives you and your team options to use PeopleSoft environments in different ways.
For the ways that you can use PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud, please see the FAQ section on Oracle Cloud.
09. Are there limits to the number of environments Cloud Manager can manage?
The number of environments is limited only by the capacity of your Oracle Compute account. Please see your Oracle Technical sales representative for metered licensing options.
10. How long does it take Cloud Manager to create an environment?
It depends on several factors. The size of the deployment, the complexity of the topology, and the size of the database. A standard PUM environment that deploys on a single VM is typically created in less than one hour.
11. I've heard about 'templates', what are these and how can I use them?
Templates are the term used to describe a set of meta-data that defines all of the parts necessary to create a PeopleSoft instance. Administrators create templates and they are used by self-service end users to create PeopleSoft instances.
12. I've heard about 'zones', what are they and how do I use them?
Zone is a logical grouping of environments based on their use. For example, all development environments could belong to a development zone and all testing environments could belong to a testing zone. At this time, Cloud Manager does not use this for any purpose other than categorizing the environments.
13. I've heard about environment 'shapes', what are these?
Shape typically defines the capacity of a single virtual machine on the cloud. Shape may include the number of CPUs and the amount of memory available. Topology describes the shape of each virtual machine and also describes which part of PeopleSoft runs on the VM.
14. Can I copy / move an existing environment into the Cloud and make copies of it using Cloud Manager? Who would do that, how does it work?
Yes. Copying an environment to the cloud is easy using the Lift and Shift process delivered with Cloud Manager. Once in the cloud and running, you can use Cloud Manager to clone the environment. The process of cloning an environment will create DPKs (deployment packages) from the environment and create a template that describes all the different parts.
15. If I want to use Cloud Manager, do I have to move everything over? Can I still use my existing on-premises environments for other things?
When you move to the cloud, you have the option to decide which environments you want to move to the cloud. It's very practical to choose to run some environments on-premises and others in the cloud. You might even choose to run some development environments on premisess and other development environments in the cloud. Information can be passed between environments through application data sets, PeopleTools projects, change packages, and any other standard means provided by PeopleSoft
16. What are the advantages to running PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud with Cloud Manager versus other Cloud platforms such as AWS?
Oracle is a leading provider of Infrastructure and Platform as a Service. The PeopleSoft Cloud Manager only runs on the Oracle Cloud so all the capabilities provided by Cloud Manager are not available cloud platforms.
17. Can I use Cloud Manager with my on-premisess PeopleSoft environments?
Cloud Manager only runs in the Oracle Cloud and works with environments in the Oracle Cloud, However, you can create change packages in the Cloud and transfer them back and use with your on-premises applications.
18. How much does Cloud Manager cost?
Cloud Manager is available to PeopleSoft Customers that are current on maintenance free of charge. You must have an Oracle Cloud Account and purchase compute services separately to run Cloud Manager.
19. Where do I get Cloud Manager?
It is available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.
20. What is the "Shared Responsibility" model for cloud security?
Please review the Oracle White Paper: Making Sense of the Shared Responsibility Model: Security Obligations for Enterprises Using Cloud Services