Oracle DBA: Moving to the Cloud

It is important to note that just because you will be moving to the cloud, it is not to say that the DBA you have in-house will be abdicating his or her responsibilities. 

There are duties and tasks that will change once the shift to the cloud occurs, but your DBA will still have a very valuable role to play in your organization. 

One of those roles is to act as a liaison between your company and the remote DBA since he has more knowledge of the inner workings of your enterprise and can offer valuable information that will then be used in the provision of quality services to you. With a better understanding of your needs, you can expect a better service from your cloud vendor.


Here we have mentioned some of the important tasks or skills which required as Cloud DBA apart from traditional DBA skills.
  • Design & Specifications of Database i.e. CPU, Memory, Disk Space, Future Growth, High Availability & Disaster Recovery (Yes even in Cloud, you have to consider HA & DR).
  • Creating & Configuration of Oracle Database is very simple in Cloud with Click of a Button or with REST API & JSON but someone need to invoke these Scripts or Click (Cloud DBA will perform this task)
  • As an Oracle Cloud DBA, you need to learn new tools for Start/Stop i.e. DBaaSCLI (Database as a Service Command Line Interface) or Database Service Console
  • Still, you have to Patch but using new tools like DBaaSCLI with DBPATCHM or RACCLI
  • You still have to do the Back-up and Recovery using new tools and Oracle Storage Service (OSS).
  • You still will be learning about Migration to the Cloud (Lift & Shift) and this is where you can expect a lot of work to migrate existing on-premise databases to Cloud.
  • You still will be learning about Disaster Recovery (or Data Guard ) in Cloud and setting up Disaster Recovery (DR) on Cloud for Data Center Failover (Yes this is not available out of Box & You as Cloud DBA will have to set it up).
  • You still will be configuring RAC on Cloud or you will be deploying maximum availability Architecture. Check my Video Blog on Setting Up RAC Database in Oracle Cloud
  • You still will be configuring OEM CC 13c: Hybrid Cloud Management to Manage both On-Premise & Cloud Database or using Oracle Management Cloud (OMC)
  • Understanding of Exadata components and features
  • Exadata administration skill


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