MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities, and employee benefits programs, serving 90 million customers in more than 50 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.
MetLife wanted to reduce the cost of supporting its PeopleSoft environment. Its previous architecture used Oracle Data Guard to maintain one copy of the PeopleSoft database for disaster recovery, and there was no option of offloading PeopleSoft reporting from the transaction system.
MetLife determined that Oracle Active Data Guard provided a load balancing and scalable solution where a single copy of the Oracle Database could serve for both disaster recovery and Peoplesoft reporting. The final implementation improved the disaster recovery options by adding two Oracle Active Data Guard standby databases, simultaneously using the standby systems as MetLife’s PeopleSoft reporting environment. The simplicity of Oracle Active Data Guard reduced MetLife's administrative overhead and maintenance costs.
MetLife also found that it could increase the performance of its PeopleSoft reporting environment by using Oracle Advanced Compression. While previous nightly extracts, running on MetLife’s previous reporting system, would take as much as twelve hours to complete, with the combination of Oracle Active Data Guard and Oracle Advanced Compression, MetLife can complete this process in four hours.