Oracle database migration - Lift and Shift
Azure provides Oracle database images with a "bring your own license" model. If you're properly licensed to use Oracle software, you're allowed to migrate Oracle databases to Azure Virtual Machines (VMs).
See Oracle and Microsoft Strategic Partnership FAQ to figure out if Oracle certifies and supports your Oracle database on Azure.
Create Azure VMs with the correct specifications to support your Oracle database.
Migrate your Oracle database to the Azure VMs.
- Azure Virtual Machines lets you migrate your business and important workloads to Azure to increase operational efficiencies.
If you are using hyper-threading enabled technology in your Azure VMs, count two vCPUs as equivalent to one Oracle Processor license. See Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment for details.
Business continuity and disaster recovery
For business continuity and disaster recovery, consider deploying the following software:
Oracle Data Guard Fast-Start Failover (FSFO) for database availability
Oracle Data Guard Far Sync for zero data loss protection.
Oracle GoldenGate for multi-primary or active-active mode on Azure availability set or availability zone depends on SLA requirements.
Refer to these articles for supporting info:
You can't use Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) by itself in Azure. If you use FlashGrid SkyCluster, then you can host RAC on Azure. Follow these links for more information:
- Oracle RAC in Azure with FlashGrid SkyCluster: Oracle RAC in Azure with FlashGrid SkyCluster
- Azure SkyCluster for Oracle RAC VM image: SkyCluster for Oracle RAC
To begin migrating your Oracle database to Azure VMs, see Oracle VM images and their deployment on Microsoft Azure.
If this migration path doesn't seem like the right one for your business needs, refer back to the Migration decision tree.