How to host PDM/PLM database on the cloud?

I was reading Oracle journal early today. Navigate your browser to read a short article – Which Cloud Service Provider Should Host Your Oracle Databases? The article is explaining how to host Oracle database using Amazon Web Services. If you are not familiar with this opportunity, here is the deal – you can host your RDBS (i.e. Oracle) on the cloud using so called Amazon RDS service(Oracle license included). I found the following video demonstrating how you can start you Oracle 11G instance on Amazon RDS in 5 minutes.

What is the conclusion? Actually, there is no conclusion in this post. I have a question. Management of database is one of the reasons why PDM software is complicated. You need to install the database service, administrate it, etc. Don’t you think, moving your database service to the cloud will be more efficient? There are few additional questions you need to answer related to management of file storage, performance and efficiency. So, I wonder if somebody using PDM/PLM systems in such configurations and what is your experience? Anyone?

Best, Oleg

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6 Responses to How to host PDM/PLM database on the cloud?

  1. Oleg,

    I don’t think an organization will maintain a database backend just for a PLM application – at least not in my opinion. In most of the consulting assignments I have been a part of, we were usually allotted space/db instance in a server farm/data center. Depending upon the need (Test, QA or Production) the size of the database instance would vary. The PLM database instance would share space with whatever other database based applications the organization would run. The core database installation, database monitoring and maintainence is usually taken care of by the admin/networking/DBA group.

    Best,
    Jyotirmoy.

  2. Jyotirmoy, thanks for sharing your experience! I wonder how it is different between small and large companies.. Best, Oleg

  3. Cam Bickel says:

    Our primary database servers run SQL server and support multiple applications. Only PLM uses Oracle, thus we have an Oracle database server supporting just the PLM application.

  4. Cam, what was the primary reason PLM is using Oracle? Is it because Oracle licenses were embedded?

  5. Cam Bickel says:

    Oleg, this has a long history. When we purchased Agile in 1998 both Oracle and SQL Server were supported but we were advised to go with Oracle. We have stuck with it ever since. In the meantime SQL Server was used for other applications implemented over this timeframe. Another factor is Agile was brought in by Engineering and all the SQL server projects were done in IT. Engineering tends to go with what is best whereas IT looks at what are they already using. Cam

  6. Cam, thanks for sharing your experience. Yes, I remember many similar situations when PDM/PLM was sold with RDBMS and people continue to use it even if the rest of organization worked with a different DB. Best, Oleg

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