Oracle’s hardware is robust—it offers high performance and availability for our database workloads, and has reduced our total cost of ownership by 3x. Most importantly, we gained the peace of mind to focus on our energy business and its profound transformation enabled by smart metering.
Agder Energi AS produces, distributes, and trades hydro-powered and wind-powered energy, and is Norway’s third largest energy company. Agder Energi needed an upgrade of its hardware landscape to cope with expanding business and Norway’s national mandate for smart metering of electricity consumption beginning on January 1, 2019. Advanced metering infrastructure differs from traditional automatic meter reading in that it enables two-way communication. Facing exponential data growth and preparing for a broad range of new services linked to smart metering, Agder Energi decided to replace its VM cluster environment with platforms engineered for running Oracle Database workloads.
Oracle Engineered Systems is the most suitable platform for our off-the-shelf-applications which rely entirely on Oracle Database. The capacity-on-demand licensing allows us to pursue projects as demanded by the business without paying unnecessary infrastructure costs.
Agder Energi AS, founded in 2000 through the merger of Aust-Agder Energi, Vest-Agder Energiverk and Kristiansand Energiverk (KEV), is the third largest power producer in Norway. The company owns a stake in or runs 47 hydroelectric power plants, operates the power grid in 30 municipalities in the Agder region, and has participations in energy companies such as coal briquet manufacturer Norsk Biobrensel and windfarm service provider Meventus (95%).
Agder Energi worked with Oracle Platinum Partner SYSCO AS, since the company offered deep expertise of both Oracle Engineered Systems and the Norwegian energy sector. SYSCO’s consultants designed the platform architecture based on Agder Energi’s requirements, transferred the existing Exadata machines to a new data center, and migrated all databases in two phases. SYSCO also deployed two Oracle Database Appliances in separate locations to support the company’s advanced metering infrastructure. Working with Oracle Advanced Customer Support, SYSCO ensures ongoing operation of both Oracle Exadata and Oracle Database Appliance.