WTS, Inc.

OVERVIEW

WTS, Inc. is the leading provider of hosting, managed disaster recovery, and IT infrastructure services for Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and JD Edwards World products.

WTS' alliance and partnership strategy plays a key role in the successful implementation of your Oracle software. The delivery of collaborative applications requires a proven alliance strategy with WTS' hardware suppliers, operating system vendors, software providers, and consulting and integration partners. WTS works closely with these partners to ensure optimum software performance. WTS also provides a steadfast source for best-of-breed applications that integrate with Oracle enterprise solutions.

WTS customers benefit from an industry-leading and proven solution that increases efficiency, enables business and technology change, and reduces IT risk. Founded in 1997, WTS is a privately held corporation with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, a regional office on the Oracle campus in Denver, Colorado, and data centers in Tukwila, Washington and Denver, Colorado.

ABOUT WTS

Oracle Eco-Enterprise Award Winner

  • WTS was one of the 15 recipients of Oracle's 'Enable the Eco-Enterprise' award in 2009.
  • WTS worked with Reflexite to win this award
Oracle Eco-Enterprise Award Winner

WTS SUSTAINABILITY OVERVIEW

Outsourcing
Outsourcing with WTS demonstrates energy efficiency and a corporate awareness of the conservation issues of the 21st century. Managing a data center that supports corporate information technology systems and the associated complex applications requires a great deal of energy. Environmental and cooling controls, fire-suppression systems, security methods, and internet connectivity mandates around the clock energy use. The need for these systems is the same for all data centers running Oracle software. Many "energy aware" outsourcing providers are taking proactive measures to reduce the energy consumption in their daily multi-customer business operations. Many can demonstrate energy reductions by using more efficient server hardware, virtualization of hardware within the enterprise that reduces the number of servers, and by working with their energy providers to identify other energy saving measures. In the future, these same outsourcing providers may work with their energy providers to buy only renewable energy to use for their operations, deliver server cooling using economized air, provide backup power with more energy efficient batteries, or by installing generators that rely on alternative fuels like propane instead of diesel.

Energy Provider
The WTS production data center is supplied with electrical power from Seattle City Light. WTS' philosophy is that energy conservation begins with selecting an electrical provider who is focused on conservation and renewable energy sources. Up to 15 percent of the power supplied by Seattle City Light comes from new, renewable energy sources including wind and hydroelectric. Future sources of energy will include an increase in wind provided sources and from new sources like land-fill gas, or geothermal. Seattle City Light plans to provide energy from sources that will avoid up to 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions - equal to the emissions produced by 219,000 cars for a year. It is estimated that these new conservation programs could also result in more than 1,000 green jobs.

Virtualization
A green benefit of virtualization technology is the ability to consolidate the number of physical servers in a data center. For many data centers, these mission critical machines sit idle a high percentage of the time, consuming significant amounts of power. Virtualization allows WTS to run multiple application and operating system workloads on the same server. 15 server workloads running on a single physical server is typical but future technology may allow as many as 30 workloads onto one server. As you might expect, dramatically reducing server count has a transformational impact on data center energy consumption. Also, reducing the number of physical servers through virtualization cuts power and cooling costs and provides more computing power in less space.

A traditional JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customer requires 4 servers to support application deployment (Deployment), customizations/integrations (Development), application presentation (JAS), and batch processing/database (Enterprise). It is possible for WTS to virtualize 50% of customer's hardware (2 servers). If each server uses an average of 38 kWh of electricity each day, virtualization of two servers will save approximately 27,740 kWh of energy each year.

WTS has deployed strategies that will reduce the overall power consumption for data center operations. WTS has reduced the total number of physical servers in their data center by more than 50%, resulting in a significant decrease in power requirements for their outsourced customers. WTS' energy provider will annually audit their progress towards this goal of server reduction and provide WTS with rebates for each server eliminated from the data center. As a result, energy consumption may eventually decrease by more than 50 percent.

Key Metrics

  • 15% of power comes from renewable energy sources
  • 15-20% savings in total system power
  • More than 50% of hardware virtualized
  • 13,000 kWh of energy per server saved each year

 

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