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Oracle Fusion Software Pricing & Deployment Options

Offering an unusual flexibility and the option of easy deployment-switching, Oracle’s Fusion software architecture has a single code base for both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and on-premises options. As well as making changing between deployment options simpler (should individual client business needs require it), this aspect enables a variety of deployments, including:

  • On-premises – offering the most control for the client (along with the highest initial cost); this option requires the customer to purchase the product licenses and be responsible for the software and infrastructure installation, configuration, and management/maintenance.
  • Hosted – although the client purchases the product licenses, Oracle (or an Oracle Partner) is responsible for installation, configuration, and management at a remote datacenter. This option provides the client with a high degree of scalability without the need to invest in additional infrastructure hardware.
  • SaaS – allowing the client freedom to subscribe to the services and support plans they want, in this option, Oracle retains the product licenses and is responsible for software and infrastructure delivery and management.
  • Hybrid – for existing Oracle clients with up-to-date E-Business Suite and/or PeopleSoft releases, Oracle a ‘mixed’ deployment approach that provides flexibility (i.e. a combination of applications from both Fusion and other Oracle products), effectively encouraging clients to ‘phase in’ the Fusion applications, avoiding the need for a single leap from legacy to Oracle’s current strategic offering and permitting a gradual shift to the cloud while still leveraging existing investments from on-premises deployments.

In the above remote hosting options (all but the first) various multi-tenant and single-tenant options are available. The "standard" single-tenant deployment is hosted on a dedicated (virtualized) server with Oracle-administered maintenance and upgrades (albeit on Oracle's schedule), but customers also have the option of the "Enterprise" single-tenant solution with an isolated application instance, dedicated database, application server, and analytics server which puts implementation of the patches or upgrades on the client’s timetable (similar to on-premises control).

Oracle Fusion Data Center and Hosting

Oracle’s existing Tier IV data centers in Texas, Scotland, and Australia, together with proposed facilities in China, India, and Singapore (plus additional standby facilities in undisclosed locations) mean that Oracle offers greater hosting capacity over a more geographically-dispersed area than any other payroll and HR software vendor. The reassurance that this potentially offers to potential multi-national or global clients is bolstered by Oracle’s industry-first security measures (thanks to Oracle's unique position allowing optimization through its data centers, its database, its application servers, as well as the application itself). Disaster recovery is supported by:

  • multiple levels of redundancy in each of the above-mentioned data centers
  • continuous data synchronization (through Data Guard technology).
  • near real-time fail-over
  • a comprehensive information security management system
  • regular disaster recovery simulations

Furthermore, all Oracle data centers carry a variety of third-party certifications related to data security, including: ISO 27001, ISO 27002, ISAE 3402, and SSAE 16 (previously SAS 70). As for service level agreements, Oracle promise guaranteed uptime with financial backing in case of failure to meet the stated standards (in contrast to close rival, SAP).

Oracle Fusion Software Pricing

Oracle pricing models are freely available, however, given the various factors that make each client’s requirements unique (added to the multiple deployment options) a precise figure can only be provided after a full consultation and exploration of client business needs. That said, the usual primary determinant for a quote is the employee population of the client. It should be noted that while the SaaS deployment is based on a standard subscription model, all deployment options require the presence of a number of Oracle applications which will (if initially absent) increase the total cost. The required software is:

  • Oracle Database (Enterprise Edition);
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus for Oracle Applications;
  • Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite Plus for Oracle Applications ;
  • Oracle WebCenter Suite for Oracle Applications;
  • Oracle WebLogic Suite for Oracle Applications;
  • Oracle SOA Suite for Oracle Middleware for Oracle Applications.

 

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