University of Minnesota Reduces Data Center Footprint While Enhancing Performance and Manageability With Oracle Exadata Database Machine

Tue Nov 6, 2012 8:00am EST

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  DENVER, CO, Nov 06 (Marketwire) -- 

    News Facts

--  University of Minnesota, a top research institution comprised of five
    campuses, 65,000 students and 25,000 employees, has realized
    systematic changes and improved database administration efficiency
    with Oracle Exadata Database Machine.
--  The institution uses Oracle's PeopleSoft Human Resources, PeopleSoft
    Financial Management and PeopleSoft Campus Solutions to run many of
    its critical business applications. To support these applications, the
    University of Minnesota uses Oracle Database, Oracle Diagnostics Pack,
    Oracle Tuning Pack, Oracle Advanced Security and Oracle Business
    Intelligence Enterprise Edition.
--  By hosting its IT environment on two Oracle Exadata Database Machine
    half racks, the University of Minnesota consolidated more than 200
    Oracle database instances into fewer than 20, enabling it to reduce
    data center floor space and total cost of ownership.
--  In addition, the University of Minnesota now delivers Oracle database
    hosting services to departments and business units across the
    institution, including its research departments.
--  Hosted under a single architecture, Oracle Exadata permits the
    university to deliver database-wide updates under a consistent set of
    standards, greatly improving manageability. For instance, the
    university deployed a new database security role for the performance
    team to all databases in approximately five minutes -- a process that
    would have previously taken weeks.
--  Oracle Exadata enables the institution's database administrators to
    support thousands of queries per second -- with up to 90 times faster
    processing speed(1) -- while improving disaster recovery capabilities
    to ensure maximum database availability for thousands of users.
--  University of Minnesota worked with Oracle Consulting to implement
    Oracle Exadata in approximately three weeks -- on time and on budget
    -- in May 2011. The environment went production live with the
    university's PeopleSoft applications in March 2012.


Supporting Quote

--  "The Exadata platform has been an enabler for us to reduce our total
    cost of ownership related to supporting Oracle databases. This is
    because we were able to drive the adoption of best practices and
    dramatically reduce the amount of infrastructure required," said
    Patton Fast, senior director and enterprise architecture, University
    of Minnesota.


Supporting Resources

--  Oracle in Higher Education
--  Oracle Exadata Database Machine
--  Oracle's PeopleSoft Applications
--  Oracle Consulting
--  Oracle Higher Education on Facebook
--  Oracle Higher Education on Diigo


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    (1) Based on job run reduced from 03:05:54 to 00:07:37 after implementing
a half-rack of Oracle Exadata Machine V2 for production, resulting in 96%
faster speed 


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