The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official US export credit agency. Ex-Im Bank’s mission is to assist in financing the export of US goods and services to international markets. The organization enables US companies—large and small—to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create US jobs, contributing to a stronger national economy.
Ex-Im Bank does not compete with private sector lenders but provides export-financing products that fill gaps in trade financing. It assumes credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept. Ex-Im Bank provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing); export credit insurance; loan guarantees; and direct loans (buyer financing).
On average, 85% of the organization’s transactions directly benefit small, US businesses. With more than 78 years of experience, Ex-Im Bank has supported more than US$456 billion of US exports, primarily to developing markets worldwide.
Previously, Ex-Im Bank managed a complex server environment including Windows and Oracle/Sun hardware, as well as multiple storage configurations. Its development-test environment was configured differently than its production system, making it more difficult to run simulations and resolve production problems.
“Oracle Database Appliance simplifies our IT environment and improves testing effectiveness. Now, our test and production systems are more closely matched—we can trust what we see. This allows for more defect-free production deployments and quicker resolutions to any problems that may occur.” said Charles Puma, database administrator, Export-Import Bank of the United States.
“I cannot overstate the value in having one knowledgeable point of contact, like Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services to handle any questions or problems that may arise.”
Ex-Im Bank originally purchased one Oracle Database Appliance for development and testing and installed it in early 2012. It worked so well that the organization bought two more—one for production and one for fail-over, which it deployed approximately six months later. Ex-Im Bank runs Oracle Data Guard, a feature of Oracle Database, between the production and fail-over environments. The development and test system runs seven databases. The production and failover systems have one database on each node.
Ex-Im Bank completed the installation in house, using documentation and set-up scripts provided by Mythics, an Oracle partner.
Before Ex-Im Bank purchased Oracle Database Machine, it contacted Mythics, which set up a lab and provided a demonstration of the technology.
“It was extremely valuable to see the technology in action. Mythics was very helpful, providing answers we could not get out of a white paper,” said Charles Puma, database administrator, Export-Import Bank of the United States.