Machine-to-Machine Intelligence Reduces Its Customers’ Datacenter Provisioning Costs by 76% Through Flexible, Open-Standards-Based Middleware
 
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Machine-to-Machine Intelligence Reduces Its Customers’ Datacenter Provisioning Costs by 76% Through Flexible, Open-Standards-Based Middleware

Machine-to-Machine Intelligence (M2Mi) Corp. was founded in California’s Silicon Valley in 2006. The company’s software defined networking software helps customers across a wide range of industries to automate the rapid provisioning and decommissioning of various devices—including firewalls, load balancers, and network switches, as well as compliance tasks—in complex grid and cloud infrastructures.

M2Mi supports approximately 5.7 million users in 23 countries, across 30 data centers, on a 24x7 basis. Its Network Virtualization application addresses the integration, interoperability, and security issues that enable the optimization of cloud technologies. Server virtualization enables greater capacity and mobility for M2Mi’s customers, but it has also created the need for the more complex virtualization and automation required to adapt networking and security in real time. In addition, as M2Mi prepares to release the next version of its software application, it will integrate with new devices and expand its reach to more than 8 million users over the next 18 months.

To support these complex requirements and the company’s projected growth, M2Mi needed a rock-solid platform on which to deliver its Network Virtualization application. It turned to Oracle Database 11g, Oracle SOA Suite 11g, and Oracle WebLogic Server 11g to address these needs. M2Mi uses Oracle’s security plug-ins, available in Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle SOA Suite to easily integrate its application into customers’ datacenters while fulfilling their unique security requirements and policies.

 
Providing Flexibility and Performance for Complex Cloud Environments

A word from Machine-to-Machine Intelligence Corp.

  • "Our Network Virtualization application supports more than 5.7 million users and connects to hundreds of thousands of devices. Oracle Fusion Middleware provides the stability, performance, and open standards we need to continue to scale and help our customers stand up cloud environments, quickly and profitably.”– William Bathurst, Director of Development, Machine-to-Machine Intelligence

M2Mi’s Network Virtualization application needed to be able to adapt to customers’ environments and best practices rather than force specific policies, processes, or architectures on them. In addition, the company’s customer environments are comprised of an extremely heterogeneous mix of commercial and custom-built applications. Knitting these together while trying to scale would have impeded M2Mi’s growth and competitive advantage.

The extensibility and built-in support of Oracle SOA Suite, along with Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database 11g, enabled M2Mi focus on its core business—expanding the reach of its Network Virtualization application, which is designed to streamline and transform network and security assets from brittle, manual, and static devices into a single, dynamic, responsive resource that can be provisioned through high-level policies and rules.

“We need top-notch stability and accountability. We can’t have any crashes. Our application must be self tuning, and we achieve that with Oracle Fusion Middleware,” said William Bathurst, director of development, Machine-to-Machine Intelligence.

M2Mi’s application exposes services that must integrate with customers’ management infrastructures, regardless of the technology platforms they use. Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebLogic Server provide the open integration capabilities the company needs to easily integrate its solution into its customers’ datacenters.

This approach enables M2Mi’s customers to more easily deploy new technologies in their datacenters with minimal integration and new skills training, because the features can be virtualized alongside the existing architecture and aligned to existing business rules. The interoperability of multivendor virtualization and automation relieves organizations from vendor lock-in, makes network management much less complex, and enables organizations to easily assimilate acquired datacenters with different vendors, operating systems, and appliances.

“We are involved in projects where we essentially are talking to hundreds of thousands of devices. To scale to that degree is quite challenging. Our WebLogic clusters enable us to push transactions from one geographically-dispersed cluster to another to handle the load and enable us to scale,” Bathurst said.

 
Accelerating Datacenter Provisioning and Return on Investment

 
Supporting New Devices with Out-of-the-Box Functionality

 
 

 
 

Challenges

  • Help customers across a wide range of industries to automate the rapid provisioning and decommissioning of applications and various devices—including firewalls, load balancers, and network switches—as well as compliance tasks, in complex, public and private cloud infrastructures
  • Scale to support 5.7 million users, and a projected 8 million users over the next 18 months
  • Adapt to customers’ environments rather than enforce specific policies, processes, or architectures
  • Ensure application stability to meet customers’ 24x7 requirements

Solutions

  • Leveraged the extensibility and built-in support of Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Database 11g to enable hundreds of thousands of devices within customers’ datacenters to communicate with each other—and automating key network provisioning processes
  • Provided open integration capabilities to easily integrate the company’s Network Virtualization application into customers’ datacenters, regardless of the technology platforms they use
  • Enabled customers to reduce average provisioning costs by 76% and more easily deploy new technologies in their datacenters with minimal integration and new-skills training, while ensuring application stability and performance
  • Allowed customers to reduce the time it takes to provision new users from weeks to minutes or hours, as well as more easily deliver new applications with a simple on-boarding tool
  • Relieved customers from vendor lock-in
  • Provided the scalability to support more than 5.7 million users and position the company to release the next version of its software, which will integrate with new types of telecommunications and machine-to-machine devices
  • Helped customers reduce errors that plagued the previously-manual workflows used to administer networks and security, and decrease downtime through the extensibility of Oracle SOA Suite
  • Realized a 260% return on investment

Why Oracle

M2Mi was attracted to Oracle Fusion Middleware due to its impressive flexibility. It deployed Oracle’s WebLogic Server in multiple geographic locations for streamlined load balancing capabilities. The ability to dynamically provision new WebLogic instances, which support M2Mi’s application and services, was absolutely critical.

“Our customers are incredibly demanding. They require the highest levels of quality, performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability within mission-critical environments,” said Sarah Cooper, vice president business development, Machine-to-Machine Intelligence Corporation. “Oracle helps us meet these demands. It also invests heavily in the Oracle Fusion Middleware suite and provides great visibility into its roadmap.”