Amazon free themselves from Oracle support

Amazon free from Oracle

Amazon leave Oracle for AWS

Amazon had cause to celebrate in November 2019. On 1 November, they turned off their Oracle data warehouse, and in a huge act of on-premise hosting, migrated their enterprise from Oracle to their own AWS.

It required a move of 75 petabytes of internal data, stored in nearly 7,500 Oracle databases. All had to be moved across and integrated into their own AWS database services.

Why did Amazon move?

Put simply, Amazon migrated their systems probably for the same reasons you might consider moving.

Amazon evaluated their internal systems, to ensure they were as efficient, secure and performing as well as they could be. Through doing so, Amazon realised just how much time they were wasting on managing and scaling their thousands of legacy Oracle databases. Their own database administrators were mostly focused on just keeping their systems running, while their data – and Oracle’s prices – continued to rise.

Amazon’s time was also being used dealing with complex & inefficient hardware provisioning, license management, and many other issues that are now best handled by modern, managed database services. Amazon Web Services CTO Werner Vogels wrote off the “90’s technology” behind most relational databases.

In short, Amazon’s ERP environment couldn’t keep up with their requirements, and this ongoing issue was keeping Amazon from dedicating their time to more high-value work.

And what does Oracle have to say?

The lead up to Oracle and Amazon going their separate ways has involved some entertaining challenges from Oracle’s CTO Larry Ellison. In 2018, Ellison commented “there is no way that… any normal person would move from an Oracle database to an Amazon database.”

Ellison’s philosophy on what classes as normality aside, in 2018 he also expressed doubt in Amazon’s capabilities. “I don’t think they can do it […] They’ve had 10 years to get off Oracle, and they’re still on Oracle. […] They think of themselves as a competitor. It’s kind of embarrassing when Amazon uses Oracle.”  These are the sorts of comments being made about Oracle’s own customers.

As it happens, when Amazon finalised the Oracle database shutdown, Oracle declined to provide a comment.

Always selling

Oracle are keeping their heads in the data Clouds, sticking to their sales pitch for Cloud-based services. The persistent theme during Amazon’s migration, besides scepticism, was Oracle’s efforts to promote their autonomous database Cloud. In effect; what their Cloud can do, and what Amazon’s can’t do.

Nevertheless, Amazon have moved away from Oracle and their offers of Cloud services. It’s understandable on Amazon’s part, given the matter of cost, complexity, length of transition, and potential, unexpected issues due to the Cloud platform being so new.

Amazon took the stance that, if they were going to migrate anyway, they might as well do so on their own terms.


Amazon and SAP

But this isn’t just an Oracle story. Around the same time that Amazon were breaking the shackles of Oracle, they announced their new functionalities, meant to win SAP Cloud ERP customers.

In the same week as their Oracle shutdown, AWS introduced new EC2 instances, packed with large amounts of RAM.

This may be of interest to any customers who wish to run S/4HANA. The HANA database, which underpins this software, is “in memory” technology. The data is held “in memory”, rather than stored on discs. This creates a strong necessity for very large amounts of memory, on any servers hosting HANA systems.  This has meant that traditionally, only SAP has been able to support their own S4/HANA product, but with Amazon’s announcement, this is no longer the case. AWS are now offering larger servers for hosting HANA with 18TiB or 24TiB of memory.

So, not only did Amazon leave Oracle, they’re now a competitor, able to target customers who could host their SAP systems on Oracle.

Amazon made a change – and you can too

There is a video available to watch on YouTube that captures the moment when Amazon switched off their Oracle services. Two words, ‘stopped oracle’ appear on screen. Then there’s applause, champagne bottles being opened, people taking pictures on their phones. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels described it as the “best day” at Amazon.

These actions speak incredible volumes. This was an actual celebration, on Amazon’s part, to be finally free of Oracle’s services. To see that much joy in a cancelled service certainly makes a statement about the service in question.

If you want to follow in their footsteps, you can.

Join the Support Revolution

Amazon were freed from being Oracle’s hostage in a rather unique method. They left Oracle support, onto a new database of their own devising – an approach that is not going to be an option for most.

Switching to third party support, such as Support Revolution, wouldn’t necessarily result in a shutdown of your Oracle database. You are simply choosing to have us provide your software support and maintenance, instead of Oracle themselves. Everything is managed by us, and you wouldn’t need to alter your systems. We keep your current ERP as it is; customisations in-tact, and no upgrades necessary.

And if you did decide to switch your Oracle systems to being hosted on Amazon, we can do that too. We can even manage the software for you.

You get to free yourself from Oracle’s fees, upgrade cycles and insistence on joining their Cloud services, and save at least 50% on annual support contracts, all while receiving a higher level of service.

We can help you migrate away from Oracle – although party and champagne aren’t included, sorry!

Because unlike Ellison, we think it’s perfectly normal to want to get away from Oracle. Don’t put up with Oracle any longer. Join our revolution today.