Paris Lodron Universität Increases Energy Efficiency by 75% and Reduces Energy Consumption by 50%
 
 

Paris Lodron Universität Increases Energy Efficiency by 75% and Reduces Energy Consumption by 50%

Paris Lodron Universität is the largest educational institution in the Salzburg region and one of Austria’s major universities. More than 18,000 students are enrolled in its classes, and the university employs approximately 2,700 staff members in research, teaching, and administrative positions. Since its re-establishment in 1962, the university has developed into a modern, vibrant institution whose four departments—theology, law, cultural and social sciences, and natural sciences—meet the highest teaching and research standards. To support matriculation and course registration for its large student body, Paris Lodron Universität operates and maintains an enterprise resource planning  system consisting of heterogeneous databases, front-end and back-end applications, and storage systems covering all departments, a system it calls “Campus Online.”

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg was one of the winners of the 2013 Oracle Excellence Award-Eco-Enterprise Innovation, a distinction that honors customers for their use of Oracle products to reduce environmental footprints and improve efficiency with green business practices.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Paris Lodron Universität

  • “We aim to be an example for our students in protecting the environment with more sustainable processes, such as more efficient cooling of data centers or better print management. Oracle helped us achieve all of our sustainability goals—75% increased energy efficiency, 50% less energy consumption, and 20% less paper use. It empowers us to set higher targets in the future, while providing 10x better performance at a 30% lower total cost of ownership.” – Florin Guma, CIO, Paris Lodron Universität

  • Demonstrate commitment to a carbon neutral environment by reducing energy and paper consumption, carbon emissions, and operational costs
  • Implement standards that encourage green computing to reduce the environmental impact of the university’s IT operations
  • Increase system performance to keep up with student expectations of being able to find all relevant information online, collaborate with colleagues on cloud-hosted projects, and manage their own class registrations via self-service—without decreasing energy efficiency

Solutions

  • Delivered extreme performance for Campus Online by deploying Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with preconfigured, pretuned, and pretested database servers, storage servers, and network connections, decreasing total cost of ownership by 30%
  • Reduced the university’s carbon footprint from 96 tons to roughly 25 tons per year by migrating a large number of hardware components, software platforms, and service-related processes to Oracle Engineered Systems-“—a 75% increase in energy efficiency
  • Reduced energy consumption by 50% in less than 12 months—including the energy used by cooling systems—by consolidating multiple servers into Oracle Engineered Systems stacks
  • Reduced time and effort spent on maintaining heterogeneous applications and systems and refocused resources on creating mobile applications for self-service student registrations, information sessions, and virtual campus tours—improving the university experience of students, staff, and visitors
  • Reduced paper consumption by 20% by migrating all student-related processes to applications hosted on Oracle Exadata Database Machine or Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software
  • Provided system power outside the matriculation periods that can be extended to other Austrian universities, while Paris Lodron Universität operates the Campus Online application in the cloud to improve system performance, reduce IT costs, and achieve its own sustainability goals

Why Oracle

“Paris Lodron Universität has launched a sustainability initiative that focuses on the balance between ecology, people, and economy. Oracle is the only vendor that offers the engineered technologies to raise the level of system efficiency, while using less hardware, floor space, cooling power, and energy. We now have the flexibility to deliver cloud services to our institutes, which, in turn, do not need to operate their own energy-intensive server systems,” said Florin Guma, CIO, Paris Lodron Universität.