thetrainline.com is the United Kingdom’s leading, independent online retailer of train tickets. Customers buying advance fares online save an average of 43%. The company also provides retailing solutions for travel agents and train companies, provides rail content and booking tools for third-party systems, and operates a business travel portal for the corporate market. thetrainline.com is the most popular travel Website in the United Kingdom with 500,000 visitors a day and growing mobile services.
Prior to selecting Oracle Exadata, thetrainline.com conducted proofs of concept with both traditional, nonoptimized, commodity hardware and software, and Oracle Exadata’s pre-engineered, ready-to-run platform. The company chose Oracle Exadata for its speed, power, cost-performance, and ability to scale to accommodate rapidly growing data volumes.
"Choosing a traditional, nonintegrated solution would have cost us 3x as much as Oracle Exadata in hardware, software, and project management costs and resulted in a significantly higher lifetime cost of ownership,” said Anant East, head of architecture and infrastructure, thetrainline.com
thetrainline.com chose Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c to manage all stages of the Oracle Exadata lifecycle and automate deployment, maintenance, diagnostics, and tuning. " Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c was critical for the successful migration of our legacy databases to the Exadata platform,” said Simon Keen, Exadata program manager.
thetrainline.com used Oracle GoldenGate to migrate data from its legacy system to two Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 HC Quarter Rack instances to reduce downtime, avoid risk of data loss, and eliminate the need for complex programming.
"Oracle GoldenGate enabled us to complete the migration of three terabytes to Oracle Exadata, within a single 30-minute system outage,” East said. "Without Oracle GoldenGate, we would have required a 20 hour outage window to complete the migration, something that was completely unacceptable."
Oracle Consulting and Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services assisted thetrainline.com’s systems implementer and hosting partner during pre-sales and throughout the implementation.
"Oracle Consulting and Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services worked seamlessly with us and our partners," Grljevic said. "The Oracle teams provided technical knowledge, executed compression testing on our own data, advised on size and configuration, and recommended and applied patches. The excellent cross-team collaboration ensured a timely implementation, smooth go-live and problem-free switchover that caused no disruption to customers."