AWS Further Eases Database Migration Away From Oracle

Executive Summary

  • How AWS’s new heterogeneous migration targets Oracle.
  • Understanding how AWS’s Managed Services reduces a company’s reliance on Oracle support.


Oracle has based its database business around lock-in. As I have covered in previous articles, there is an immense opportunity to reduce costs by migrating away from Oracle databases to databases like PostgreSQL or MariaDB or others. However, something that is required is a managed DB. There is no point in migrating away from Oracle DBAs if something else cannot take its place.

Well, something did.

AWS’s Managed Services

AWS came up with the managed DB through its managed services, which manages overall infrastructure, databases being one component of this. This AWS has had for a while. However, migration has been performed by consulting firms with expertise in AWS. But recently AWS has “greased the skids” for companies with the desire to migrate databases to AWS, and also to migrate away from the database to different databases. Let us see the following quotation from the AWS website.

“The service supports homogenous migrations such as Oracle to Oracle, and also heterogeneous migrations between different database platforms, such as Oracle to Amazon Aurora or Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL. You can also use AWS DMS to stream data to Amazon Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon S3 from any of the supported sources, including Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, SAP ASE, SQL Server, and MongoDB. In addition, you can use AWS DMS for continuous data replication with high availability.” – AWS Website

“Options” But a Target on Oracle’s Back

AWS presents this as a bunch of “options” but there is one database vendor that is burning a hole in company’s pockets with its expense and overhead and this database is Oracle.

In this quotation, it explains the details of how this is accomplished.

“With this launch, AWS DMS enables customers to use the same mechanic that the database uses for commit sequencing, which is the log sequence number (LSN). The launch also opens more integration use cases. For example, now you can use Oracle Data Pump or SQL Server BCP to do the initial data load into a target database and then use the DMS log sequence numbers to start change data capture (CDC). With the checkpoint feature.. you can replicate changes once a day from the last checkpoint.” – AWS Website

This conversion setup can be seen in the following screenshot from AWS.

Notice the options under the migration type. 


Companies can avail themselves of this new capability to migrate away from Oracle. Of course, many companies have customizations in Oracle, stored procedure, etc, that reduce the ability to migrate. However, for those databases that can, (other databases can be migrated by moving the stored procedures out of the database and into the application layer) it enables one to migrate to an open source database, which in the vast majority of cases can handle the workload just fine, and with AWS’s Managed Services, it means that Oracle support can be dropped. This can be a boon to companies. It takes what amounts to what is widely considered to be close to no value, and puts back in the company’s pocket to spend on things that do add value.

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