The following uses cases have been identified as the most frequently employed for Oracle workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS :

  • Data Center Extension
    • Footprint expansion / On-demand capacity within few hours (No over-provisioning or complex demand forecasting with reduction in cost)
    • Run Test/Development workloads and Stream database backups to the Cloud


  • Disaster Recovery
    • Oracle DR workloads can be scaled in storage and compute
    • Use VMware Site Recovery Service for replication and orchestration
    • Use traditional methods as well, such as Oracle DataGuard or Oracle GoldenGate or a third-party solution e.g DBVisit.
    • Complement existing DR with existing solutions based on VMware Site Recovery Manager or vSphere replication


  • Cloud Migrations
    • Simple, low-risk , seamless migration of Oracle workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS using known tools e.g VMware HCX, VMware vMotion, Oracle Data Guard, Oracle RMAN backup/restore etc
    • Connect Oracle workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS  workloads to on-premises or AWS environments – EC2, RDS
    • Data Center wide evacuations - mass migrations
    • Hardware/software refresh cycle or Oracle re-implementation


  • Application modernization
    • Leverage native AWS services: e.g AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) for Oracle backups
    • Update existing investments e.g extract data out of Oracle workloads and leverage analytics services


Each particular use case, or combination of use cases, influences general solution design and necessitates appropriate requirements gathering. This document focuses on the first 3 use cases namely Data Center Extension, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Migrations.

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