Migrating to the Cloud is Not as Simple as ‘Lift and Shift’ — Here’s How Oracle is Helping

How Ingersoll Rand, Volvo Group, Suramericana SA, National Pharmacies, Accenture, Cognizant, Infosys, and Syntax continue to move enterprise and line of business applications, as well as complex integrations, from on-premises to the cloud

In recent months, we have seen many organizations migrating IT infrastructure from on-premise environments to cloud environments. While some critical applications and workloads will continue to reside on-premise and within the safe confines of the organization, applications that require scale and agility are moved to the cloud. In fact, it is more than one cloud. So there are multiple cloud service providers involved. CIOs will tell you that this migration is not an easy task — and definitely more tedious than shifting homes. In industry parlance, it is not as simple as ‘lift and shift’. But cloud service providers like Oracle are providing their customers all the tools and support to reduce the tedium of moving to the cloud —  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), in this case. In March 2021, Oracle launched a service called Oracle Cloud Lift Services. And here’s how it is helping global customers.

“When it comes to cloud migration, not all migrations are the same and cloud providers must offer flexible services that match the customer’s needs,” said Dave McCarthy, research vice president, Cloud and Edge Infrastructure Services, IDC. “To yield the best results, this means more than a simple ‘lift and shift.’ Cloud providers must be willing to assist with everything from planning to go-live, to ensure their customers are able to migrate in a fashion that’s timely, thorough, and ensures continuous uptime.”

Oracle Cloud Lift Services

Oracle Cloud Lift Services provide organizations with a single point of contact for end-to-end technical delivery; it removes critical expertise barriers to adopting OCI services, speeds time to value, and creates faster opportunities to innovate. As part of the offering, organizations receive expert guidance from experienced cloud engineers on planning, architecting, prototyping, and managing cloud migrations. Oracle claims that with its Cloud Lift Services customers can move critical workloads in weeks, or even days, instead of months. Additionally, Oracle works with customers until their workloads are in production and provides training on best practices, so customers have the expertise to run their environment independently or work with a “Day 2” managed service provider.

“As an increasing number of organizations look to move their most important enterprise workloads to the cloud, they have found that they want hands-on assistance to make their migrations as quick and seamless as possible,” said Vinay Kumar, senior vice president, North America Cloud Solutions Engineering, Oracle. “With Oracle Cloud Lift Services, customers can take advantage of Oracle’s experts to guide their migrations and get their critical workloads successfully running on OCI. This is the same technical team that has helped many of the world’s largest organizations manage some of the most complex migrations.”

Partnership with WANdisco

The latest additions to Oracle Cloud Lift Services include capabilities to help customers design and migrate data lakehouse and AI-enabled application environments. To speed big data migrations, a new partnership with WANdisco, a leader in distributed computing, will enable organizations with vast production datasets to access WANdisco LiveData Migrator. WANdisco LiveData Migrator is a fully automated cloud migration solution that moves HDFS data and Hive metadata to the cloud without taking the data offline. The LiveData Migrator can deliver large data sets to the cloud up to 38 times faster than manual migration methods, saving customers time, money, and resources.

“Across the world, organizations are trying to figure out how to activate their large-scale on-premises data lakes in AI-enabled cloud environments to accelerate time to business insights and improve operational efficiencies,” said David Richards, founder and CEO, WANdisco. “By pairing with Oracle’s Cloud Lift Services offering, customers now have access to our LiveData Migrator, which uniquely allows them to automate the complete and continuous migration of their large business-critical data lakes to OCI in record time without any risk of business interruption or downtime.”

Accelerating Migrations for Global Brands

Customers and partners worldwide from various industries including automotive, financial services, and healthcare, are utilizing Oracle Cloud Lift Services to help ensure successful migrations to the cloud.

Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand is a global provider of mission-critical flow creation and industrial solutions.

According to Ingersoll Rand, “In early 2020, Gardner Denver and Ingersoll Rand’s Industrial segment merged to form a new Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in mission-critical flow creation and industrial solutions across 40+ respected brands. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and ownership mindset, Ingersoll Rand is committed to helping make life better for employees, customers and communities with technology-driven products, services and solutions. To support their efforts, Ingersoll Rand leadership explored options for how best to run their Oracle E-Business Suite and related applications. After considering multiple options, partners and solutions, Ingersoll Rand chose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Cloud Lift Services to run their applications because of OCI’s competitive pricing and proven performance.

Volvo Group

Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport and infrastructure solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase their customers’ uptime and productivity.

“The Oracle Cloud Lift Services team of expert engineers was instrumental in ensuring our cloud integration happened quickly and securely,” said Martin Ahl, director transport automation and blockchain, Volvo Group. “It was a real benefit to be able to rely on their hands-on knowledge while we concentrated on strategy and innovation opportunities.”

Bangkok Commercial Asset Management

The largest asset management company in Thailand, Bangkok Commercial Asset Management plays a critical role in providing debt management and helping the country’s financial institutions manage non-performing assets.

“With the help of the Oracle Cloud Lift Services team and our partner, iCE Consulting, we are implementing a complete and integrated modern data management platform that includes Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, integration, ETL, data lake and analytics services,” said Dr. Thanakorn Wangpipatwong, executive vice president, Bangkok Commercial Asset Management. “The Oracle team has helped us move our workloads to a cloud-based operating model, so we can securely manage data and gain the insight necessary to make business decisions faster. This has also helped iCE Consulting focus on ensuring our existing suite of technology integrates with the Oracle Cloud.”

National Pharmacies

National Pharmacies is an Australian-based healthcare chain that prides itself on knowledgeable, empathic, and well-trained professionals across pharmacy, natural healthcare, optical, beauty, pet care, and other healthcare services.

“Our in-store tablets are a key part of providing our customers with the best customer relationship experience possible, which requires our pharmacists and staff to have the relevant information readily available at their fingertips,” said Ryan Klose, executive general manager, National Pharmacies. “As part of our ongoing modernization, we wanted to assure a high level of security, ‘always on’ resilience and functionality that is able to keep pace with the health records management running on these devices with zero disruption. We chose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to support this work for its cloud-native microservices capability, and with Oracle Cloud Lift Services, we were able to fast track their deployment. Oracle’s cloud engineering team and online ‘how to’ videos provided us with valuable hands-on expertise and enablement.”

CRIF High Mark

CRIF High Mark is one of India’s leading providers of credit information, business information, analytics, scoring, credit management, and decisions solutions.

“At CRIF, we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve and expand our business,” said Pinkes Ambvat, CIO, CRIF High Mark. “Oracle Cloud Lift Services has enabled us to increase our cost savings while also accelerating our business processes. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offered us the performance and support we needed to get off the ground and into the cloud.”

Expediter Services

A U.S. trucking-based service company, Expediter Services helps clients save money on associated costs ranging from fuel and financing to insurance.

“With the help of the Oracle Cloud Lift Services team, Expediter Services used Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, Oracle Data Integrator, and Oracle Analytics Cloud to not only increase the profitability of our Owner Operators, but also to drive costs down for our own fleet,” said Andrew Short, CIO, Expediter Services. “We’ve also been able to identify business trends quicker, which has allowed us to reduce the time and paperwork necessary for our financing decisions. Using Oracle APEX with our instance of Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, we’ve been able to create a web application that is changing how we do business and opening up other revenue streams that will allow Expediter Services to continue to grow in the future.”

Toda Corporation

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Toda Corporation is one of the premier global contractors, highly regarded for its medical facilities and school buildings, and commitment to sustainability initiatives.

“As part of our strategic initiative to rebuild our mission-critical systems, Toda Corporation is moving our infrastructure to the cloud to take advantage of its benefits,” said Shigemi Mori, general manager, Infrastructure & Security Department, ICT Management Division, Toda Corporation. “With support from migration planning to PoC, Oracle Cloud Lift Services offers a complete path to migration without disruption, and allows us to drive cloud usage even further.”

Unimed Porto Alegre

A leading medical healthcare cooperative in Brazil’s southern region, Unimed Porto Alegre assists nearly 700,000 customers.

“At Unimed Porto Alegre, we are always seeking to improve customer service, as well as optimize internal processes,” said Marcio Souza, cloud architect manager, Unimed Porto Alegre. “With Oracle Cloud Lift Services, we’ve been able to optimize and accelerate the entire migration process to the cloud and are forecasting 30 percent cost savings and a performance increase of up to three times our systems compared to the legacy environment. With Oracle, we are able to migrate mission-critical data to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in a safe way, increasing our performance and accelerating the data exploration process.”


Also read: Indian ISVs Moving to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to Fast-Track Growth

Brian Pereira

Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He is Editor-in-Chief of Digital Creed, which he founded in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 27 years of journalism experience (since 1994). He is sound and confident about his knowledge of business technology concepts. And he is a believer in continual education/learning. Brian is the former Editor of CHIP and InformationWeek magazines (India). He has written hundreds of technology articles for India's leading newspaper groups such as The Times of India and Indian Express Newspapers (among others). And he has conducted more than 300 industry interviews during his journalism career. Brian also writes on Aviation, cybersecurity, startups, and topics directed at small and medium businesses. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn.

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