[Re-posted from blogs.oracle.com/applicationplatform]
The mandate for government law enforcement agencies is to safe-guard the protect the
public against instruments of terror and enforce legislation. Ensuring authorized entry or exit of people, keeping unauthorized
and dangerous immigrants under check and monitoring large scale goods
movement is clearly one of the most critical and demanding operating
environments. Processing thousands of people and vehicles places extreme demands on the underlying IT infrastructure. To
support their mission critical operations, governments rely on massive
data center facilities typically dispersed across multiple locations.
Such IT operations are managed by several thousand personnel.
When it is a matter of national security, failure is not an option
under any circumstances. Uninterrupted 24x7x365 operation is a
necessity, since an hour of downtime can back up thousands of people at
the borders during peak traffic times. Needless to say, the IT solutions
law enforcement agencies require must offer utmost reliability,
scalability, and security. Given the mission-critical nature of their
operations, homeland security agencies are looking to evolve their IT
infrastructure in a sustainable manner so as to cater to both existing
and future workloads.
The overarching priority for law enforcement agencies is to
reduce data center costs through application and infrastructure
The challenge with the traditional approach is that:
- Parts are not guaranteed to work together.
- There are too many possible variations and a lack of standardization.
- The final product is not optimized for best performance or maintenance.
- There is no overall warranty.
The Engineered Systems approach to data centre operations is a
paradigm shift from the traditional approach of assembling disparate
layers of storage, networking, compute nodes, operating systems and so
Broadly speaking, there are primarily 3 factors why Oracle Exalogic
has become the logical choice of running business applications for
law enforcement agencies: Firstly
, by virtualizing the
middle-tier infrastructure, Oracle Exalogic enables law enforcement agencies to eliminate large-scale, legacy systems. Moreover,
consolidating multiple platforms onto a smaller number of machines
requires very little or no modification of the application code. The
benefit of physical and virtual consolidation is a manifold reduction in
data center footprints and accompanying energy savings (in terms of
cooling and consumption).
Secondly, the simplicity of managing a distributed private
cloud middle-tier infrastructure in another important deciding factor.
Distributed systems often require separate teams to manage the various
solution components. As a result, root-cause analysis can be subject to
undue complexity as multiple vendors claim that others are responsible
for the issues at hand. With Oracle Exalogic, there is an single
touch-point for any support issue involving Oracle Applications,
middleware, compute nodes, networking and storage. Thirdly
, Exalogic has native integration with Exadata,
Oracle’s engineered system for OLTP workloads. Having a standardized
data-tier on Exadata creates unmatched synergies in running the
middle-tier on Oracle Exalogic.
Find out more, at the upcoming Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 Launch.