Navis, part of Cargotec Corporation, provides software that manages cargo movement through terminals. The company combines the industry’s best practices with innovative software and world-class services that enable customers to maximize performance and reduce risk. Whether tracking cargo through a port, automating equipment operations, or managing multiple terminals through an integrated, centralized solution, Navis provides a holistic approach to operational optimization.
Navis’ terminal operating system (TOS) is well known in the industry, as approximately 26% of all containers that move anywhere in the world is managed by a Navis solution.
As demand for the company’s TOS increased, Navis’ physical storage capacity needs increased significantly. To combat storage capacity issues, Navis used Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 to create a virtualized TOS that is adaptable to any client’s IT architecture and easy for engineers to install. It also reduces physical server needs.
In addition, Navis implemented Sun Storage Archive Manager so it could optimize disk performance around real-time needs and use Oracle’s StorageTek SL3000 modular library system with StorageTek T10000C tape drives as the low-cost tier in its archive.
Previously, terminals used time-consuming, manual processes to track containers that entered and exited their ports—whether from a truck, train, or ship. Now, these tracking systems are computerized, as Navis’ TOS integrates with a customer’s system to automate terminal operations from the gate, to the vessel or yard, enabling terminals to more easily and accurately track cargo.
But as demand for Navis systems escalated, the company’s engineering and development teams found it increasingly difficult to implement new solutions in a timely manner. In addition, each terminal maintains a unique system with differing needs. For instance, some maintain very effective IT organizations where Navis is needed to provide only limited assistance. Other customers need an extensive installation, and Navis assists with the initial go-live phase, followed by regular maintenance and support throughout the product lifecycle.
A further complication Navis faced involved physical server space. With the legacy architecture, each new customer installation required another server, and Navis realized it would soon run out of space without a significant data center expansion.
After extensive research, Navis found virtualization to be the answer to its obstacles. With this in mind, Navis turned to Oracle and implemented the Pillar Axiom 600 storage system.
“Oracle’s Pillar Axiom 600 had all the components we needed to achieve our goals and still maintain the performance and reliability our customers demanded,” said Stephen Schleiger, manager of systems engineering, Navis, LLC.
With Pillar Axiom, Navis acquired the ability to logically partition the storage environment to support various virtual instances, ensuring optimal performance. It deployed the solution in Navis’ Oakland, California and Chennai, India main operational areas, replicating the two systems to enhance redundancy, automate processes to ensure information is in the right place at the right time, and recover data quickly in case of a system outage. The virtual environment enabled Navis to continue to take on new customers without adding servers.
While effectively installing the virtual TOS was important, it was also critical to ensure performance. To meet this need, Navis deployed Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C tape drives and Sun Storage Archive Manager. With this implementation, the company was able to keep more data available in-house and enhance performance by automatically moving data between tiers, based on usage frequency, ensuring critical data is easily accessible.
“Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C tape drives and Sun Storage Archive Manager are cost effective, and enable us to continuously have more data available in-house. The solutions allow us to better manage less frequently used data by moving it to the appropriate tier without sacrificing access when we need it. In addition, the system is automated. We have a full, policy-based storage solution that covers everything, from archive, to the critical components we monitor every day, enabling us to provide the highest level of service to our customers,” Schleiger said.
“We considered a number of solutions, including a long look at EMC, but we quickly discovered that for our investment, Oracle Pillar Axiom 600 was our best option and would give us the biggest bang for the buck,” said Stephen Schleiger, manager of systems engineering, Navis, LLC.
“Pillar Axiom has the ability to perform deduplication, and it offers a high quality of service. In addition, it fits our ongoing requirement of being a 100% virtual shop while maximizing performance. Further, Pillar Axiom is an easy system to use, with an intuitive interface that minimizes staff training needs. Oracle’s price, performance, and flexibility made a strong business case that we couldn’t ignore.
“In addition we would not have been able to implement these best-of-breed solutions without Oracle’s support,” Schleiger said. “We found our close partnership with Oracle to be an extensive value-add. Oracle offered input to our engineering teams and shared ideas with us. Its input has been just as important as the products we’ve purchased. In addition, as we expanded our partnerships with other vendors and manufacturers, Oracle stepped up to the plate and was critical to our success.”