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Moving to Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance helps us all sleep better at night because the performance is 17 times faster than what we had in the past and we’ve accelerated application development and testing as well as backups. In addition, we are not fighting with vendors on different firmware and things to being updated as far as storage or networking. Everything is so integrated; it keeps running 24/7 without us worrying.
Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. designs and manufactures bicycles, components, and cycling apparel for riders and cycling enthusiasts. It offers products in various categories, such as mountain, road, transport/fitness, path/gravel, dirt/park/street, kids, and equipment. The company sells its products through retailers and dealers globally.
The Oracle solution demonstrated and exceeded performance criteria on all 30 of the processes we evaluated. In addition, the Oracle team helped us simplify other critical processes─such as backing up data, utilizing highly economical tape storage for archiving, and meeting other compliance requirements─using Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, and other parts of the Oracle stack working in concert. Oracle has been a key component of Specialized since 1996. We innovate with our technology and choose wisely. And that's why we've chosen Oracle as our partner throughout all these years.
Specialized began installation on March 1, conducted and completed the proof of concept on April 15, and went live on May 15 with its online catalog in 16 countries in time for peak cycling season. “Our implementation was tremendously fast. We knew we could do it because we had a talented team working with us,” Pollard said.
Specialized migrated datacenter operations to a co-location facility, and used Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance to move its data from the old facility to the new one.
“We decided on a one-and-done conversion. After conducting final global testing, we planned to shut down for four days in May. We finished early, coming back online in just three days. It was a very rewarding experience and required the commitment of our team as well as Oracle Advanced Customer Support to ensure success,” Pollard said.
“Having gone through five home remodels, I learned to expect surprises. We avoided them with Oracle SuperCluster. We knew the technology. We knew the integration that we needed to do on Oracle SuperCluster and what its capabilities were. And we had a team that was focused on success,” Pollard said.
Oracle Advanced Customer Support installed and configured the Oracle SuperCluster environment, assisting with on-site support throughout the process.
For the company’s Oracle Exalytics implementation, Specialized wanted to run Oracle E-Business Suite, Enterprise Edition, Oracle Essbase, and Oracle Hyperion applications on the same Oracle Exalytics box. It also required production, staging, and development environments. Since Oracle’s best practices called for a maximum of four virtual machines, the team completed a series of technical calls with Oracle engineering and support to help design a configuration that Oracle supported, and which satisfied test, development, and production needs for Specialized.