Best Practices for Running Oracle Database on Amazon Web Services
Best Practices for Running Oracle Database on Amazon Web Services

Best Practices for Running Oracle Database on Amazon Web Services

Publication date: January 2018 (Document Details)


Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers you the ability to run your Oracle Database in a cloud environment. Running Oracle Database in the AWS Cloud is very similar to running Oracle Database in your data center. To a database administrator or developer, there are no differences between the two environments. However, there are a number of AWS platform considerations relating to security, storage, compute configurations, management, and monitoring that will help you get the best out of your Oracle Database implementation on AWS. This whitepaper provides best practices for achieving optimal performance, availability, and reliability, and lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) while running Oracle Database on AWS. The target audience for this whitepaper includes database administrators, enterprise architects, systems administrators, and developers who would like to run their Oracle Database on AWS.


Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a comprehensive set of services and tools for deploying Oracle Database on the reliable and secure AWS Cloud infrastructure. AWS offers its customers two options for running Oracle Database on AWS:

  • Using Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for Oracle, which is a managed database service that helps simplify the provisioning and management of Oracle databases. Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud by automating installation, disk provisioning and management, patching, minor version upgrades, failed instance replacement, as well as backup and recovery tasks.

    The Multi-AZ feature of Amazon RDS operates two databases in multiple Availability Zones with synchronous replication, thus creating a highly available environment with automatic failover. The push-button scaling feature of Amazon RDS allows you to easily scale the database instance up or down for better cost management and performance. Amazon RDS also comes with a License Included service model, which allows you to pay per use by the hour.

  • Running a self-managed Oracle Database directly on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). This option gives you full control over the setup of the infrastructure and database environment. Running the database on Amazon EC2 is very similar to running the database on your own server. You have full control of the database and have operating system-level access, so you can run monitoring and management agents and use your choice of tools for data replication, backup, and restoration. Furthermore, you have the ability to use every optional module available in Oracle Database. However, this option requires you to set up, configure, manage, and tune all the components, including Amazon EC2 instances, storage volumes, scalability, networking, and security, based on AWS architecture best practices. In the fully managed Amazon RDS service, this is all taken care of for you.

Whether you choose to run a self-managed Oracle Database on Amazon EC2 or the fully managed Amazon RDS for Oracle, following the best practices discussed in this whitepaper will help you get the most out of your Oracle Database implementation on AWS. We’ll discuss Oracle licensing options, considerations for choosing Amazon EC2 or Amazon RDS for your Oracle Database implementation, and how to optimize network configuration, instance type, and database storage in your implementation.

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