Why CIOs need to sweat their Oracle Databases

Oracle Database choice

A huge number of Oracle customers are using Oracle Databases, on which they host their applications and estate, sometimes even hosting products from other providers, like SAP. Many organisations will be running multiple databases, on different versions delivering multiple systems across their estate.

But should Oracle Database users continue to follow Oracle and keep upgrading their databases, just because Oracle say so?

Or should they make the strategic choice to save money, and sweat a stable software asset, knowing that they will no longer receive Oracle’s vendor support.

Should you upgrade your Oracle Databases?

The problem is, it’s the age-old “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” kind of outcome. Both have pros and cons which need to be considered:

Option one: Keep upgrading your Oracle Databases

On the one hand, you can continuously upgrade to the most up-to-date version (i.e. 18c and 19c), which in turn allows you to run more modern applications and systems. Staying updated also means you know you’re always going to have access to Oracle’s vendor support, and their security and legislative patches. Whereas older, ‘legacy’ products are left unsupported, or have much more limited support (but at a much higher cost).

The trade-off to this option is having to commit additional resource to upgrade an already working system (for limited benefit), in addition to the support fees you’re already paying to Oracle.

However, the real issue that many organisations are facing now, is that an upgrade to Oracle Databases may make them incompatible with older systems that are running on them – in which case, this may not be an option at all, until the software can be updated.

Option two: Stay on your older database versions

This is why many organisations keep to their older Oracle Database versions (8.1.7, for example, 10.1, and so on) – either because they don’t want to make the upgrade for financial reasons, or because of these incompatibility issues.

As we’ve already highlighted, organisations which run older systems can’t update their databases, because doing so carries the risk that your older systems and applications, hosted on the databases, will no longer work.

But it gets worse, as all the while Oracle are mercilessly ramping up the costs of support and maintenance as these ‘legacy’ products expire (even though these ‘legacy’ systems may work perfectly fine, and have done for many years, with very little need for maintenance).

What should your strategy be?

So, we have two doors to choose from: upgrade and potentially risk your estate toppling over? Or stick to what you’ve got, and be left unsupported/facing mounting support fees?

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t…

Your third (party support) option

Fortunately, there is a third option; a third door which you might not have spotted yet. The one with ‘third-party support’ written on it.

We know there is a belief, that switching to third-party support means moving all of your databases over to us – but it’s just not true.

You could decide to switch your older databases over to third-party support, as you don’t need to update them and they require very little support. And you could keep your modern, up-to-date databases under Oracle’s support, enabling you to maintain any upgrades necessary – to both the databases themselves, and the applications hosted on them.

But here’s the best bit. You can have the best of both worlds.

Your older, ‘legacy’ databases are likely to be the more expensive of the two, in terms of value for money. Consider how much you’re spending for Oracle to “support” them, and how much you’re getting in return. Moving to our third-party support cuts Oracle’s support costs in half – and you can invest those savings in your other databases/applications you want to update.

Alternatively, if all you’ve got is ‘legacy’ databases which you don’t want to update, you can move all of them over to us. We’ll take care of support and maintenance, while you get to reap the benefits of costs savings, and the reassurance that you’ve escaped Oracle’s constant pressures to upgrade.

We’re already helping – and we can help you too

We enable IT roadmap flexibility, allowing you to delay (or even avoid altogether) Oracle’s upgrades, and stick to systems that are familiar and functional.

A great many of our customers use Oracle Databases, and the flexibility we provide them has unlocked massive budget savings. We’ve enabled these organisations to reinvest in modernisation projects, such as purchasing new software, or migrating to a new database provider altogether.

And our customers range from manufacturers, transport providers, to even top-level central government organisations. We’ve helped them all to sweat their long-standing assets and unlock their budget for future development. It’s our way of enabling organisations to stay stable, and work on their modernisation, at the same time.

If you’d like to see exactly how we’ve helped our customers, you can use the link below to view our case study archives. Or you can use our Savings Calculator straight away, to see for yourself just how much you could save.