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PeopleSoft Cloud – Frequently Asked Questions

October 12, 2017 | Candice Carden

Any PeopleSoft or Oracle conference this year has certainly had one common theme, 'Cloud.”  CIOs are motivated to move to the Cloud due to cost savings and significant efficiencies. The reality for most companies is that hosting in the Cloud is cheaper than maintaining your own servers.  While there is a huge focus on Cloud, from planning application moves to the Cloud or full migration to Cloud applications, each customer’s PeopleSoft implementation in unique. What is common across applications from PeopleSoft to JDEdwards is that routine maintenance, patching, enhancing, integration of applications can be a challenge to maintain.

Customers can consider adopting a hybrid approach to Cloud or even utilizing the full potential of running their existing applications and workloads on Oracle Cloud by migrating on premise PeopleSoft applications. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) can benefit PeopleSoft customers through increased efficiency with maintenance activities, reduced costs and errors by automating tasks, as well as improved response times, on-demand capacity, and performance.

However, many PeopleSoft customers are not sure where to begin when it comes to the Cloud. Cost and effort of migration, risk management, security controls, and change in roles and investment are major concerns.  We offer these FAQs as defined by Oracle.

What has Oracle announced about PeopleSoft and the Oracle Cloud?

Oracle has announced that customers have a new infrastructure option available to them, the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Classic. Additionally, customers looking for a Platform as a Service (PaaS) option which to run their PeopleSoft workloads have some new options - Database Cloud Service (DBCS) and Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service (Exadata Service). PeopleSoft customers have the ability to move all of their environments to the Oracle Cloud and take advantage of Oracle IaaS and PaaS for their next Oracle Applications project.

Are there additional fees for using PeopleSoft with Oracle Cloud?

Oracle Cloud resources and services are available for subscription by Oracle customers. Customers who already own a license to PeopleSoft applications may use their Oracle Cloud subscription to deploy a PeopleSoft instance on the Oracle Cloud. The deployed instance may be used for development, testing, training, etc. Once a customer acquires a subscription to Oracle Cloud, no additional PeopleSoft application license or usage license is required.

Is Oracle releasing PeopleSoft as a SaaS Application?

No. Oracle has no plans to offer PeopleSoft as a SaaS solution.

Do I need to purchase PeopleSoft in order to use it on Oracle Cloud?

Oracle customers who already own a license to PeopleSoft applications may use the Oracle Cloud to host instances of their licensed applications. Oracle’s Compute Cloud uses a “Bring your Own License” model so customers who wish to use the Oracle Compute Cloud must already own a valid license to the software deployed on virtual machines in Oracle Compute Cloud.

If we own a PeopleSoft application license, does it allow us to use Oracle Cloud?

Oracle customers who already own a license to PeopleSoft applications may use the Oracle Cloud to host instances of their licensed applications. There are no additional application license requirements for using Oracle Compute Cloud resources. Oracle Cloud is a subscription priced offering in addition to your PeopleSoft license and support payments.

How are subscriptions to Oracle Cloud offered? By user? By CPU? Per Day?

There are multiple ways to subscribe to Oracle Cloud. Your Oracle sales representative(s) can assist you in determining the best option for you.

What are some of the ways I can use PeopleSoft with Oracle Cloud?

There are many scenarios where you might benefit from using Oracle's Compute Cloud with your PeopleSoft applications. Some of these include:

  • Demo instances of the latest PeopleSoft application images (PUM Images). Using Oracle's Compute Cloud and the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, customers may access and deploy an instance of the latest release of PeopleSoft HCM, FSCM and other applications in order to explore our latest features and capabilities.
  • Test instances of your PeopleSoft database. Using PeopleSoft's Deployment Framework and PeopleTools 8.55, customers can easily "Lift and Shift" instances of a PeopleSoft development system to virtual machines in the Oracle Compute Cloud.
  • Creation of a complete PeopleSoft Development and Testing environment. Extending the scenario listed above, customers can migrate all of their PeopleSoft Development and Testing instances to the Oracle Compute Cloud. One option that will help developers use a Cloud development environment would be to create Windows Development environments on Oracle's Compute Cloud in which you deploy the entire PeopleTools Development Client tools. These Cloud based Windows environments can be configured to work with Cloud based development systems and accessed by your developers using Windows Remote Desktop.
  • Production PeopleSoft environment. Migrate your existing PeopleSoft data — including application modifications and customizations — to the Oracle Cloud. The Oracle Cloud is completely "production ready" for PeopleSoft. Most customers will elect to employ Oracle's Database Cloud Service (DBCS) or Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service (Exadata Service) for the database tier of a production environment because of the scalability, robust performance, high availability and security features provided by these services. Customers will also ensure that they have addressed other infrastructure requirements associated with a full production Enterprise Applications environment such as: Integrations, Fault Tolerance, Security, Identity Management, etc. The Oracle Cloud has solutions for each of these requirements. In many cases, PeopleSoft customers are looking to engage Oracle or Oracle certified partners to assist with the deployment, configuration and management of their PeopleSoft production solution in the Oracle Cloud.

How do we create an instance of PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud?

It’s easy. Once you have an Oracle Compute Cloud subscription, you can access the Oracle Marketplace and select PeopleSoft from the Marketplace list of application images. Follow the online guide in order to allocate your account’s compute resources in order to host your own PeopleSoft application image. These images can be used for DEMO purposes, to explore new features or, eventually, as the basis for a Cloud system for PeopleSoft Selective Adoption. There are other ways to use the Oracle Cloud for PeopleSoft described on the PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud concept page.

Can we make customizations on PeopleSoft when we use Oracle Cloud?

Yes, the PeopleSoft software architecture allows for customers to modify or customize their systems, whether the systems are deployed on the Oracle Cloud or within an on premise datacenter.

If we develop or test customizations of PeopleSoft on the Cloud, how do we migrate them to our on-premise production system?

PeopleSoft’s tools for managing customizations through the application lifecycle are already Cloud friendly. That is, the same Lifecycle Management tools will be used to migrate changes from Development to Testing and into Production, irrespective of whether the datacenter where those systems reside is on premise or in the Cloud.

Will we be able to use PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) on the Oracle Cloud?

Yes. There are a number of uses of the PeopleSoft application images and the PeopleSoft Update Manager. The PeopleSoft Image can be used as a demo instance of the latest features of the PeopleSoft application. The PUM tool is used to review and select new features as well as fixes and maintenance as PeopleSoft releases them. Those changes are extracted then applied to other PeopleSoft systems for development, testing and eventually, production. This process works whether those systems are on the Cloud or on premise.

Can we use our own custom data with PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud?

Yes, the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture allows you to use our Deployment Framework with our default (DEMO) databases as well copies of your own DEV/TEST databases. This is in fact one of the most powerful scenarios for the Cloud: a complete PeopleSoft development and testing environment on Oracle Cloud that uses your own existing data.

Can we use the same certified third-party products we currently use on-premise with PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud?

Yes, the entire PeopleSoft architecture is the same whether deployed on premise or on Oracle Cloud. All the third party components that comprise a PeopleSoft application instance will be deployed on the Cloud. Oracle’s Cloud strategy should also allow customers to use the Oracle Cloud to host instances of other applications that may be used to integrate with their PeopleSoft systems. Please refer to published capabilities and guidelines for using Oracle Cloud with your non-Oracle workloads.

Can we create a multi-node PeopleSoft cluster on Oracle Cloud?

Yes. Using PeopleSoft’s Cloud Architecture, it’s easy to provision and deploy Oracle Compute Cloud resources to function as a complete PeopleSoft multi-node cluster.

Will our Cloud based PeopleSoft system be visible to the general public?

No, based on Oracle Compute Cloud’s default security settings, your PeopleSoft instance will only be accessible by your internal users and teams.

What tools are used for managing PeopleSoft environments on Oracle Cloud?

PeopleSoft delivers PeopleSoft Cloud Manager to help you manager your PeopleSoft environments on the Oracle Cloud. For more information on Cloud Manager, visit the Cloud Manager Concept Page.

In addition to Cloud Manager, there are many options for tools to manage PeopleSoft environments. These options are expanded when considering deployment on the Oracle Cloud. You will be able to use cloud instances of PSADMIN, PeopleSoft Performance Monitor, Oracle Enterprise Manager, the PeopleSoft Application Management Pack, and specific to the Oracle Cloud, you will be able to use Oracle’s Enterprise Manager on Compute Cloud service.

How can we use Oracle Cloud as part of our PeopleSoft upgrade?

The cloud can be used for additional resources necessary to do an upgrade. Pre-9.2 applications can be manual loaded into the cloud. Once an application has been upgraded to 9.2, then Cloud Manager can be used to manage the environment.

How can we use Oracle Cloud as part of our PeopleSoft Selective Adoption execution?

Selective Adoption maintenance process can be done with the Source PUM environment residing on the Oracle Cloud. The Target destination can be an environment that is either in the Cloud or on premise. If the environment is in the Cloud, the Cloud Manager helps you with setting up the PUM environment and connecting the Source and the Target.

PeopleSoft has many options for Configurations (to reduce customizations), can these configurations be done on the Cloud?

Yes, it is possible to configure PeopleSoft applications using features like Pivot Grids, Activity Guides, Fluid Home Pages, Navigation Workcenters and more. Any configuration change in a cloud environment can be migrated to other environments using Application Data Sets.

Are there limits to how many environments we can 'spin up'?

The Oracle Cloud is elastic, meaning it can expand and provide more compute resources as your needs expand.

Who manages our environments once they are running in the Cloud? My company? Oracle? A partner? Are there options here?

Environments running in the Oracle Cloud are owned and managed by your company.

What do I do when I am done with an environment?

If you are no longer using an environment it can be removed from the Oracle Compute Cloud. Cloud Manager provides services to automate processes like starting, stopping, deleting and creating environments.

How do I integrate with environments in the Cloud? Does Integration Broker work on an environment in the Cloud?

PeopleSoft integration technology, Integration Broker works in the cloud. Integration Broker uses the Integration Gateway servlet to manage integrations. The networking setup in the cloud must provide the appropriate security control list and machine relationships in order for integration to run properly.

Can I patch and update environments in the Cloud?

Yes, Cloud Manager is designed to simplify and automate much of the application and tools maintenance for environments in the cloud. Please refer to the Cloud Manager FAQ for more information.

Can I run a non-Oracle database on the Oracle cloud?

Yes, non-Oracle databases can be installed on the Oracle Compute Cloud.

If we run an instance of a PeopleSoft application on the Oracle Cloud, who is responsible for administration and maintenance?

PeopleSoft applications that run on the Oracle Cloud are the responsibility of the subscriber of the Oracle Compute Service.

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