Oracle Launches Cloud Lift Services To Assist With Cloud Migration

Oracle has launched a new service that offers free cloud migration assistance to new as well as existing cloud customers. It’s called the Oracle Cloud Lift Service and includes access to technical tools and cloud engineering resources. This new offering is part of Oracle’s overall effort to increase the growth of its cloud infrastructure business.

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The new Oracle Cloud Lift Services helps customers get access to Oracle cloud engineers and premier technical services that have accelerated migrations to OCI for enterprise customers.

“Our customers want a seamless path to the cloud with the right guidance, solution architecture, and hands-on help we can provide,” said Vinay Kumar, Senior Vice President of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Oracle Cloud Lift Services is just one of several changes we are implementing to accelerate customer success on Oracle Cloud.”

IT organizations that are looking to move large numbers of workloads all at once to OCI will still have to either contract a global systems integrator or do it themselves, adds Kumar. However, Oracle has identified a swath of customers that have a small number of workloads they would not otherwise move to the cloud without some free assistance, notes Kumar. “We want to remove a barrier,” he adds.

Oracle will offer a “single point of contact” for customers, however partners are also able to play a role in the migrations, based on customer preferences and relationships. Resources Oracle will supply include performance analysis, application architecture, hands-on migrations, and go-live support.

There are no explicit limits in terms of what workloads customers can move via the Oracle Cloud Lift Services. Oracle plans to work with each customer individually to determine whether their needs are a good fit for the program. If a customer wants to close their data center and move 300 applications to the cloud, that's not a good fit for the program, Kumar added.

The company does anticipate that the program will largely come down to supporting six types of workloads: Oracle packaged applications (such as PeopleSoft, Siebel, JD Edwards, etc.), custom applications built on Oracle Database, HPC workloads, cloud native applications, VMware-centric applications, and lastly, data warehouse and analytics workloads.