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Vale Strikes Gold with Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer

Maywun Wong
Director, Product Marketing

When you’re one of the largest mining companies in the world, you can’t afford to have 75% of your databases out of support for long. For Brazil-based Vale, upgrading its databases was essential to optimizing performance and having the flexibility and scalability to run its business  applications, now and into the future.

Because Vale was looking to upgrade fast, it had a cloud-first strategy, according to Daniel Pedrozo, IT project manager at Vale. The company knew that cloud had to be the foundation upon which it would modernize its IT, and so it began looking at all the options for moving to the cloud, both public and private. 

Taking the Fast Track to Modernization

After Vale researched its options, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, the case for Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer clearly came out on top as the fastest, easiest way to move to the cloud and begin reaping the benefits.

The goals were fourfold. First, Vale wanted to migrate 300 databases from three different data centers in Brazil. Next, it wanted to optimize its infrastructure workloads, OCPU, and storage consumption through multitenant and advanced compression solutions. Third, Vale wanted to upgrade workloads to Oracle Database 12.2c in a container database. And, finally, Vale wanted to exponentially increase processing speed and gain all the other benefits of the cloud.

Because all of Oracle’s infrastructure is co-engineered to work seamlessly whether on premises, in the Oracle Cloud, or with Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer, Vale could chart a clear path to the cloud. While some workloads could migrate straight to the cloud, either public or behind the enterprise’s firewall, others could remain on premises to be rolled out later or to move back and forth between on premises and the cloud based on business demands.

Exadata Cloud at Customer gives organizations such as Vale the security and data sovereignty of on-premises IT infrastructure while gaining all the benefits of public cloud. While the infrastructure resides in the customer data center behind its own firewall, it is completely managed by Oracle. Infrastructure is provided as a service on a subscription basis, eliminating the need to make a long-term investment in hardware and software that will eventually become obsolete and require another massive capital expenditure later.

Vale Sees Big Results Almost Immediately

Migration to the cloud via Exadata Cloud at Customer was a speedy and smooth process. Database installation took only 25 minutes, a process that previously took eight hours to complete.

Since going to Exadata Cloud at Customer, performance is up more than 40% and database delivery is up more than 60%. More than 85% of its database has been moved to Oracle Exadata 12.2c multitenant in the cloud now. The company has 395 OCPUs, 15.8TB of memory, and around 940TB of storage.

By migrating to the cloud with Exadata Cloud at Customer, Vale was able to upgrade its systems while also significantly increasing performance, speeding up processes, and establishing scalability that will enable the mining company to continue growing its global business.

Watch the interview with IT project manager Daniel Pedrozo here and learn more about Vale.


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