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Oracle Customer Success—Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

UNS Adopts Oracle Platform as a Service for Database Course Availability


A strong benefit of Oracle Database Cloud Service is database availability, even if we are caught short due to limited server resources. It has helped our Big Data Masters’ program become very attractive. Students leave with real-world database skills that are required in today’s marketplace.

— Gabriel Mopolo, Associated Professor/Coordinator MIAGE MBDS (Master), Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS)

Université Nice Sophia Antipolis Ensures Masters’ Course Database Availability with Oracle Cloud Platform and Slashes 90% of New Server Costs

The Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) is part of the Université Côte d’Azur on the Mediterranean coast of France. The IT department offers several masters’ degree programs including the study of ubiquitous data, big data, databases, and system integration. UNS began training students in Oracle Database administration and application development in 1990, hosting its systems on local servers. With the advent of cloud computing and the critical need for data analytics within the industry, UNS began looking for a cloud option to supplement on-premises server resources.
Business Challenge
  • Increase the availability of Oracle Database for teaching big data without investing in new hardware
  • Provide students with alternatives for accessing Oracle Database and Java DB when faced with resource-heavy data sets overloading local servers
  • Establish UNS as a leader in the teaching of big data by offering both traditional on-premises database courses and cloud database instruction
  • Deployed Oracle Database Cloud Service to provide high availability of Oracle Databases for students earning their masters’ degrees in big data and database, supplementing locally installed databases in situations demanding more computing power for high-data-volume research projects
  • Saved 90% of projected total cost of ownership for additional on-premises servers by adopting Oracle Platform as a Service for increasing database availability to support students working towards degrees in mobiquity, big data and database, and system integration
  • Increased the availability of Java software for application development by providing students with Oracle Java Cloud Service as a platform for building, deploying, and managing Java applications in the cloud as part of their curriculum
  • Maximized the employability of UNS students by equipping them with database and analytical skills for handling unstructured, semi-structured, and structured data for future roles as web and mobile applications developers, data engineers, data analysts, and systems administrators
  • Positioned UNS as a leading provider of cloud computing graduate studies by moving from on-premises database administration courses to cloud-based courses, meeting the enterprise demand for data mining, ubiquitous mobility, and web applications
  • Provided a comprehensive environment for big data analytics by giving students the option to access Oracle Databases through either local servers or Oracle Cloud, ensuring constant availability of the teaching tools underpinning research projects, exams, and dissertations
  • Provided students with high-availability databases in Oracle Cloud for conducting applied research projects and dissertations focusing on themes—such as health, environment, and air traffic—in preparation for job roles in the administration and analysis of unstructured, semi-structured, and structured data
  • Enabled cloud access to Oracle Database for students at campuses in Nice, Morocco, Haiti, and Madagascar, as well as affiliated cloud research students from the University of Aix-Marseille and potentially collaborating with other universities across France
  • Facilitated the teaching of Oracle Database technology by eliminating the need to download, configure, and provision software, thanks to the 24/7 availability of Oracle Databases in Oracle Cloud, additionally providing an escape valve in case of an outage


We chose Oracle for our Big Data and Database masters’ degree courses due to Oracle Cloud availability, cost savings, and ability to make students job-ready with leading database skills. Our university has been Oracle-based since 1990. Oracle is an important partner for our Big Data and Database Masters’ Degree program.

— Gabriel Mopolo, Associated Professor/Coordinator MIAGE MBDS (Master), Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS)


UNS went live with cloud computing in the student year 2015/2016 under a limited license for the Masters’ Degree teaching of Big Data/Database for 300 students in France, Morocco, Madagascar, and Haiti, assisted by an Oracle Customer Success Manager. UNS is considering further investments in Oracle Platform as a Service to boost its Big Data/Database Masters’ degree courses.

About Université Nice Sophia Antipolis


Nice, France



Annual Revenue

US$292 Million (annual budget)
The Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) offers five main areas of education: Law, Political Science, Economics, Business Management; Letters, Languages, Arts and Communication; Human and Social Sciences; Biology, Health Care, Sports; and Science, Engineering, Technology, Environment. Each year it welcomes more than 25,000 students, among them over 5,000 foreign students from 130 nations. UNS is a research-intensive university, operating 47 labs associated with the big research institutions in France (CNRS, INSERM, INRIA, INRA, CRD, OCA). It is ranked among the world’s top 3% of universities according to the Shanghai Ranking.
Published:  Sep 03, 2018