Info fauna improves Swiss wildlife data collection and management on Oracle Cloud

Nonprofit organization transitions to Oracle Autonomous Database for improved data security, flexibility, and performance.


With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Autonomous Database, it’s much more simple, efficient, and cost-effective to collect, store, and publish wildlife data. It has given us the ability to be more innovative, for example by creating data visualizations on maps, and gather valuable geospatial insights which we then use as part of forecasts and reports.

Glenn LitsiosDirector, info fauna, Centre Suisse de Cartographie de la Faune (CSCF)

Business challenges

The Swiss Topic Center on Fauna  is the central institution responsible for collecting, analyzing, and publishing information about wild animals in Switzerland. The city of Neuchâtel, the University of Neuchâtel, and the Conference of Delegates for the Protection of Nature and Landscape are the founding members of the nonprofit institution, founded in 1990.

For recording wildlife observations, info fauna counts on information submitted by citizens, field biologists, and museums through its online portal, its mobile app, or unformatted files. Various public and private nature protection institutions can access the data for use in research projects.

To accomplish its mission, info fauna had to ensure the availability, security, and accuracy of wildlife data over long periods of time. The institution needed a more reliable, cost-effective, and highly performant cloud database to support more demanding analytical capabilities for wildlife reports, forecasts, and maps.

On OCI, we provision a new services ourselves within minutes. It saves time, money, and resources, and provides enormous flexibility.

Glenn LitsiosDirector, info fauna, Centre Suisse de Cartographie de la Faune (CSCF)

Why Info fauna chose Oracle

Building on the efficiency, similarity of protocols, and reliability demonstrated after many years of using Oracle Database, the nonprofit decided to move to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with the self-manageability of the Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing database. The self-driving, self-patching, and self-securing database capabilities eliminated complex administration tasks, enabling the nonprofiit to focus on data quality. 


By migrating to Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing, info fauna lowered its IT and administrative costs. It benefited from Oracle’s flexible consumption model of only paying for services used. Also, its applications performance doubled with Oracle Autonomous Database and freed the staff to test and explore data with just a few clicks.  

Spatial analytics within the autonomous database helps with more complex queries, such as visualizing wildlife data geographically. Info fauna’s stakeholders and partners now have easy access to the information they need for creating interactive maps, building reports, and generating forecasts.

Info fauna also streamlined time to procure, provision, and manage database infrastructure with OCI. Compared with the prior on-premises environment, the nonprofit can now provision infrastructure in minutes.


Info fauna worked with Oracle Cloud Lift Services—an included service for Oracle customer tenancies—for planning and managing the migration of the organization’s wildlife data and workloads. The organization initially migrated only one of its servers to OCI and immediately saw higher performance and availability. Info fauna was convinced that OCI was the right infrastructure solution for the organization.

Published:March 23, 2022