Oracle Exalogic in Higher-Education: Virtual Learning Environments
By Sanjeev Sharma on Jul 14, 2012
[Re-posted from blogs.oracle.com/applicationplatform]
In the quest to become the leading education institutions of choice
and draw world-class academic and student talent forward-thinking
universities continue to embrace and evolve ICT to further their agenda
in learning, teaching and research. However the global and domestic
financial and operating environments impacting universities have grown
increasingly challenging applying increased pressure in two ways.
- From a revenue perspective, the potential of a second global
financial crisis looms large, with the potential to trigger yet another
global recession. While education sector has been less affected by
economic cycles in the past, the unprecedented level of economic turmoil
that exists today makes it difficult to anticipate the revenue
- From a cost perspective, further globalisation has greatly increased the competitive nature of the higher education sector, especially so due the boom in demand for education services and proliferation of education providers in emerging markets.
Integral to achieving their goal of attracting top student talent is being able to provide outstanding student experience. While enhancing the campus based experience is still very important, universities are increasingly looking to augment physical campus based learning with virtual, online delivery of educational programs and services.
To offer students an engaging, stimulating and fun environment for
learning universities have invested in a range of Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) at the core of which is the Student
Portal, the Learning Management System and Student self-services such as
IT help-desk etc. Periodically universities need to undertake a major
refresh of these applications to deliver the next generation,
collaborative and mobile learning experience. In addition to this,
back-office university information systems must support seamless and
cost effective access to information for decision making, and
transactional services. Universities increasingly want to deliver shared
services in collaboration with other institutions. As such universities
are refreshing their back-office finance and resource planning
applications with to ensure they can drive efficiency in their critical
budget planning and operations processes.
Now there are many other applications universities rely on to manage their infrastructure, administrative services, alumni services and so on. A key challenge facing universities in their large-scale application modernization efforts is that upgrading to modern applications places further demands on data-centre infrastructure include storage, compute nodes and networking gear. Not to mention, refreshing the data-centre infrastructure entails integration risk due to multi-vendor procurement, testing, tuning and optimization.
Broadly speaking, there are primarily 3 factors why Oracle Exalogic has
become the logical choice of running business applications for higher education institutions:
Firstly, Oracle Exalogic has enabled universities to accelerate the go-live time for application modernization by providing a pre-integrated, pre-tested, pre-optimized and pre-tuned infrastructure that enables end-to-end apps-to-disk management.
Secondly, Oracle Exalogic has allowed universities to
consolidate application workloads, thus reducing the number of physical
servers and further improving data-centre density through
virtualization. This has brought cost savings in terms of software
licenses, maintenance and energy consumption.
Thirdly, Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata have
allowed universities to shift towards a private cloud platform model for metering and charging computing resources as multi-tenant services,
effectively transforming their IT from a cost-center to a profit-center.
Find out more, at the upcoming Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 Launch.