Automation Slashes Chip Maker's Cloud Migration Time by 75 Percent: Silicon Angle
by Paul Gillin
"Moving operations to the cloud sounds appealing on so many levels: Cut capital expenditures, reduce deployment times and pay only for what you use. But the devil is in the details."
That’s what confronted Exar Corp., a Fremont, CA-based supplier of analog mixed-signal products serving the industrial, high-end consumer and infrastructure markets, when it chose to move the Oracle applications it uses for order management, shipping, finance and shop floor management to the Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) infrastructure-as-a-service platform.
The problem was that Exar’s Oracle stack wasn’t natively supported by AWS. It’s a six-year-old bundle running on a non-standard Oracle Linux 32-bit server that wouldn’t import cleanly to a 64-bit platform on Amazon. Time is of the essence in Exar’s business. The company wanted to upgrade to the latest version of Oracle, but doing so on premise would have taken months.