dimanche sept. 22, 2013

GRTgaz new Information System on Oracle SuperCluster

This testimony from Mr Sébastien Flourac, Head of Strategy for GRTgaz IT, concluded the last week SPARC Showcase event. Mr Flourac highlighted why he selected an Oracle SuperCluster, Engineered Systems, over a more traditional build it yourself approach, that he also studied.

Due to EEC regulation, GRTgaz a subsidary of GDF-Suez, has to be externalized including of course all its applications and existing IT in less than 2 years. But, of course, the current platforms are shared with other GDF-Suez services, which means for GRT gaz, that they have to build entirely a new platform to migrate their existing application with the lowest associated risks. As a major part of the technologies supporting GRT gaz applications was running on Oracle Database and Oracle Weblogic, either on IBM AIX or SPARC Solaris, GRT gaz had a closer look on what Oracle has to propose to simplify Oracle software on Oracle Hardware, compatible with the existing GRT gaz environment. And it became obvious to Mr Flourac that Oracle SuperCluster was the best fit for his project and for the future for several reasons.

Simplicity and lower cost

With Oracle Engineered Systems, all the complexity and cost of traditional build it yourself solutions has been taken care of at Oracle Engineering level. All the configurations and setup have been defined and integrated at all levels (software, virtualization and hardware) to offer the best SLA (performance and availability). This was concurring to simplify its externalization project, and was also bringing additional benefits on the storage layer for the future.

It was the best financial scenario in their project context.

Lower risks

Not only does the SuperCluster offer the best SLA by design. It also provides a very important feature in this complex applications migration : a full compatibility to run existing Oracle software versions. This was very important for Mr Flourac to avoid in his project to do both : migrate and upgrade.
It is also providing :

  • an integrated stack of Oracle Software and Hardware
  • an upgrade process tested by Oracle
  • a better support of the entire stack

Build for the future

Oracle SuperCluster provides to GRT gaz a consolidated, homogeneous and extremely scalable platform, which not only enable this externalization project but also will be able to host the new business requests.

With this new platform in place, Mr Flourac already knows that in the next phases he will be able to leverage additional integrated and unique features that running Oracle Softwares on Oracle SuperCluster provides:

  • Exadata integration and acceleration for Oracle Database starting with 11gR2
  • Exalogic integration and acceleration for Oracle Weblogic starting with 10.3.4

Of course the SuperCluster is a key enabler, but such a project requires also a team to manage the migration, the transition and the run. This is done through the support of Oracle ACS (transition), Fujitsu (migration) and Euriware (run).


jeudi oct. 04, 2012

#OOW 2012: Big Data and The Social Revolution

As what was saying Cognizant CSO Malcolm Frank about the "Futur of Work", and how the Business should prepare in the face of the new generation  not only of devices and "internet of things" but also due to their users ("The Millennials"), moving from "consumers" to "prosumers" :  we are at a turning point today which is bringing us to the next IT Architecture Wave. So this is no more just about putting Big Data, Social Networks and Customer Experience (CxM) on top of old existing processes, it is about embracing the next curve, by identifying what processes need to be improve, but also and more importantly what processes are obsolete and need to be get ride of, and new processes put in place. It is about managing both the hierarchical and structured Enterprise and its social connections and influencers inside and outside of the Enterprise. And this does apply everywhere, up to the Utilities and Smart Grids, where it is no more just about delivering (faster) the same old 300 reports that have grown over time with those new technologies but to understand what need to be looked at, in real-time, down to an hand full relevant reports with the KPI relevant to the business. It is about how IT can anticipate the next wave, and is able to answers Business questions, and give those capabilities in real-time right at the hand of the decision makers... This is the turning curve, where IT is really moving from the past decade "Cost Center" to "Value for the Business", as Corporate Stakeholders will be able to touch the value directly at the tip of their fingers.

It is all about making Data Driven Strategic decisions, encompassed and enriched by ALL the Data, and connected to customers/prosumers influencers. This brings to stakeholders the ability to make informed decisions on question like : “What would be the best Olympic Gold winner to represent my automotive brand ?”... in a few clicks and in real-time, based on social media analysis (twitter, Facebook, Google+...) and connections link to my Enterprise data.

A true example demonstrated by Larry Ellison in real-time during his yesterday’s key notes, where “Hardware and Software Engineered to Work Together” is not only about extreme performances but also solutions that Business can touch thanks to well integrated Customer eXperience Management and Social Networking : bringing the capabilities to IT to move to the IT Architecture Next wave.

An example, illustrated also todays in 2 others sessions, that I had the opportunity to attend. The first session bringing the “Internet of Things” in Oil&Gaz into actionable decisions thanks to Complex Event Processing capturing sensors data with the ready to run IT infrastructure leveraging Exalogic for the CEP side, Exadata for the enrich datasets and Exalytics to provide the informed decision interface up to end-user. The second session showing Real Time Decision engine in action for ACCOR hotels, with Eric Wyttynck, VP eCommerce, and his Technical Director Pascal Massenet.

I have to close my post here, as I have to go to run our practical hands-on lab, cooked with Olivier Canonge, Christophe Pauliat and Simon Coter, illustrating in practice the Oracle Infrastructure Private Cloud recently announced last Sunday by Larry, and developed through many examples this morning by John Folwer. John also announced today Solaris 11.1 with a range of network innovation and virtualization at the OS level, as well as many optimizations for applications, like for Oracle RAC, with the introduction of the lock manager inside Solaris Kernel. Last but not least, he introduced Xsigo Datacenter Fabric for highly simplified networks and storage virtualization for your Cloud Infrastructure.

Hoping you will get ready to jump on the next wave, we are here to help...

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