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University Turns to Oracle Exadata to Meet the Demands of Its Learning Management System

When Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) needed to boost the performance of its Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS), it turned to a new solution from Oracle and reaped impressive rewards. By taking advantage of the powerful, preintegrated technologies within Oracle Exadata Database Machine, the school is registering performance improvements in key academic categories that range from 71 to 500 percent, according to university officials.

Administrators say that Oracle Exadata enables the school to provide improved services to the school’s 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and its approximately 7,000 faculty and staff.

This represents a significant change from the recent past when the performance of NTU’s Blackboard Learn implementation was being challenged by a number of factors, including rising student enrollments, the demands of new facilities, and outdated architectural choices in the existing infrastructure. In addition, the old configuration didn’t offer the disaster-recovery and high-availability capabilities the school wanted.

Before it chose the solution based on Oracle Exadata, NTU considered traditional alternatives built with large database servers and storage area networks. But officials ultimately decided these options weren’t cost-effective and didn’t offer a long-term resolution to its performance problems.

Instead, NTU selected two Oracle Exadata Database Machines running Oracle Database, Oracle Real Application Clusters, and Oracle GoldenGate.

In addition to enabling the performance improvements NTU needed to accommodate its growing enrollment, the Oracle solution provides the added benefits of high availability and disaster recovery. NTU says the solution will also act as a foundation for future growth for years to come.

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