Oracle Press Release

Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM

Deploys Virtualized Oracle Database and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications to Production, Development and Disaster Recovery Environments in Campus-Wide Infrastructure Upgrade

Redwood Shores, Calif. – August 19, 2013

News Summary

To address the challenge of ballooning costs, due to ever-increasing data demands requiring ongoing hardware upgrades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has virtualized the database and application layers of its IT infrastructure. To help ensure it would achieve its desired performance results, OUA put Oracle products to the test. The cost savings and performance results clearly identified significant advantages.

News Facts

Open Universities Australia (OUA), an Australian open distance education organization, has converted the database layer of its IT infrastructure into a virtualized environment running Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, Oracle Database, and Oracle Real Application Clusters.
Facing aggressive growth targets, infrastructure upgrades every three years, and a zero-outage deployment model, OUA needed a solution that integrated with its current IT environment while allowing the organization to control rising costs.
Before selecting a solution, OUA tested Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters using Oracle VM with Oracle Linux and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and PeopleSoft CRM.
OUA’s tests found that the virtualized environment provided more flexibility for its current work load and virtually no performance degradation for end users. In addition, OUA deployed the virtualized Oracle Database and PeopleSoft applications to its cloud-based production and disaster recovery environments as well as its hosted development environment.
Using Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Real Application Clusters. OUA was able to deploy a highly available, production environment all in a day.
Implementing Oracle VM enabled OUA to save over $300,000. In addition, as over 75 percent of the University’s database now exists in a private cloud environment, OUA gained the flexibility to grow the IT environments over time by adding incremental hardware resources. OUA also reduced its database server footprint by 20 percent.
Oracle VM has been deployed at OUA since January 2013.

Supporting Quote

"With projections of higher costs in the coming years, we were faced with a difficult decision on how best to evolve our infrastructure,” said Anthony Russo, Director ICT, Open Universities Australia. “Our testing and implementation of Oracle VM, across all database layers, showed we could not only save on costs, but that we could consolidate our applications and do so without affecting the overall database performance. It’s a fantastic solution which I feel very passionate about.”

Supporting Resources

OUA Whitepaper: Oracle VM on Oracle Real Application Clusters, Physical vs Virtual Database, is available via the IOUG Website with Free Associate Membership and joining the Cloud Computing SIG.
Oracle VM Server for x86 software download. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.

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Contact Info

Teri Whitaker
Oracle
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Danielle Tarp
Blanc & Otus
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