Oracle Seamlessly Integrates New Companies, Improves Database Performance by 4x, and Cuts Costs with Hardware and Software Optimized to Work Together
 
 

Oracle Seamlessly Integrates New Companies, Improves Database Performance by 4x, and Cuts Costs with Hardware and Software Optimized to Work Together

  • Oracle Customer:  Oracle
    Location:  Redwood Shores, California, United States
    Industry:  High Technology
    Employees:  120,000
    Annual Revenue:  Over $5 Billion

Oracle, an enterprise solutions company, develops database and middleware software, application software, and hardware systems. It is focused on reducing IT complexity by engineering hardware and software to work together—in the cloud and in the data center. By eliminating complexity and simplifying IT, Oracle enables its customers—400,000 of them in more than 145 countries—to accelerate innovation and create added value for their organizations.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Oracle

  • "Oracle’s implementation of Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle Exadata storage is a compelling testament to the power of our engineered systems. We gained unprecedented scalability, reliability, and performance for our GSI database and enterprise applications while reducing costs and IT complexity. And, we deployed in just three months.” – Larry Klein, Vice President, Product Development IT, Oracle

  • Eliminate the risk of business disruption due to an enterprise application database that grew from 27 TB to 35 TB in just 18 months and was experiencing I/O bottlenecks
  • Ensure optimal operating efficiency and continued growth, as the global technology company integrated approximately 100 companies in the last decade by improving performance of Oracle’s own global single instance (GSI) E-Business Suite environment—one of the largest in the world
  • Provide employees with high-performing enterprise applications—including financial, human resources, and customer-experience systems—to optimize productivity, support timely delivery of the company’s hardware and software solutions to customers, and ensure sound financial management 
  • Balance effectively the need to rapidly scale the IT infrastructure while supporting core business applications and integrating data center assets from acquired companies
  • Avoid the cost and complexity of performing costly hardware upgrades yearly

Solutions

  • Accelerated quarter-end and year-end application workloads and eliminated bottlenecks by deploying Oracle SuperCluster to run the company’s business-critical enterprise resource planning (ERP) GSI database
  • Reduced IT complexity and resource requirements by consolidating three legacy SPARC Enterprise M9000 servers and two storage systems into a single-rack Oracle SuperCluster with two Oracle Exadata storage expansion racks
  • Saved more than US$250,000 over a four-year period due to significantly reduced data-center floor space requirements, and lowered utility costs for the GSI environment
  • Reduced licensing costs for GSI environment by 50% with Oracle’s hardware core multiplier
  • Realized 80% to 90% query hit rates with Oracle Exadata Storage Server’s fast cache and used its offload capabilities to convert an average of 70% of otherwise conventional database-read operations to Oracle Exadata storage-cell read operations
  • Improved employee experience, supported timely delivery of the company’s hardware and software solutions to customers, and ensured sound financial management and reporting through 7x faster single, block-read processing and 4x faster overall batch system performance
  • Enabled employees to perform administrative functions more quickly—such as entering timecards 1.5x faster and completing purchase requisitions 2x faster—allowing them more time to focus on core responsibilities
  • Achieved 99.99% fail-over recovery protection with the clustered environment
  • Created a highly stable environment, which enabled the IT team to move six performance-tuning specialists to assist with other priority projects
  • Gained on-the-fly system scalability without costly upgrades to support the technology provider’s global enterprise as it continues to expand organically and through acquisition
  • Ensured 24/7 access to the Oracle Database and achieved 50% reduction in recovery time objective failover by using Oracle Active Data Guard to enable failover to an offsite location
  • Completed the migration initiative in just three months with planned downtime of just 200 minutes
  • Accelerated application testing during the server upgrade, thanks to binary compatibility between Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11

Why Oracle

Oracle is committed to running its business on its industry-leading solutions. Oracle’s software running on Oracle’s engineered systems, which combine hardware and software optimized to work together, provide a powerful business advantage to the company and its customers. Specifically, in this case, Oracle E-Business Suite running on Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Exadata Storage Server provided an ideal solution that would enable the company to improve database and enterprise application performance as its environment continues to grow rapidly, while avoiding continuously costly upgrades. As a result, it improved productivity and operational efficiency to support sustained growth and profitability. Additionally, Oracle’s query offload provided an important performance advantage—splitting processing between the disk and database and reducing I/O requirements significantly.

Implementation Process

Oracle needed to complete the migration in time for its third-quarter financial close. “To our delight, we completed the cutover to production in just three months after receiving our first Oracle SuperCluster and with just 180 minutes of downtime,” said Ric Ginsberg, vice president, enterprise application services, Oracle. The initiative also involved an upgrade to Solaris 11 as well as deployment of Oracle Active Data Guard and an Oracle Grid Infrastructure.