Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Ensures Round-the-Clock Library Service Availability with a Robust Database Cluster System
 
 

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Ensures Round-the-Clock Library Service Availability with a Robust Database Cluster System

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), founded in 2009 by merging Karlsruhe Research Center and Karlsruhe University, is among the leading engineering research institutions in the world. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organization in Germany, KIT contributes significantly to domestic and international research. KIT covers scientific as well as organizational units providing infrastructure and administration services to students and researchers.

The Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) is KIT’s information technology center and ranks among the largest and most powerful scientific computing centers in Europe. SCC provides central infrastructure and IT services to students and researchers coupled with a modern IT service center support for the institutes as well as conducts its own research and development projects, aimed at innovating and optimizing its IT services for the scientific community.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

  • “We deployed Oracle Real Application Clusters to provide a highly stable database environment for the university’s 24-hour library, which includes more than 2 million publications for about 25,000 students and 8,000 scientists. The Oracle solution provides us with high data availability for various book lending scenarios, while monitoring and intercepting hardware faults without affecting the user experience.” – Klaus Scheibenberger, Head of Systems and Servers Department, Steinbuch Centre for Computing, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

  • Establish a robust database environment to support seamless round-the-clock book lending services for 25,000 students and 8,000 scientists
  • Enable accurate and secure online student registration and class management for the university’s language department
  • Allow the university’s didactics center to successfully manage further education programs while securing access control for external database users, such as other universities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg

Solutions

Oracle Product and Services

  • Ensured essential, consistent, uninterrupted 24/7 library services using Oracle Database on Oracle Real Application Clusters to avoid major system failures
  • Enabled flexible alignment to increasing data processing demands during online student registrations by adding Oracle Real Application Cluster nodes to extend system performance and processing capacity
  • Used Oracle Connection Manager—an Oracle Database feature that filters database user requests using rule-based configurations—to optimize access control and enhance connection security between databases and internal and external applications, such as electronic libraries or student admissions, enabling the organization to manage more university applications and users without risk
  • Provided the KIT institutes and departments with customized database solutions for research projects and diploma theses

Why Oracle

“As a world-class education and research institution, we need highly reliable technology to support daily operations and our students, staff, and researchers’ work. We chose Oracle for its highly stable operating capabilities,” said Klaus Scheibenberger, head of Systems and Servers Department, Steinbuch Centre for Computing, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.