Friday Sep 26, 2014

Oracle and Hitachi's Building Energy and Asset Management Solution

By John Muhlner, Alliance Director Hitachi, Oracle

Building energy management systems (BEMs) have commonly been applied to minimize building operation costs through effective building management. However, by leveraging the best-in-class BEMs products with the expanding capabilities offered by more recent Internet of Things (IoT) platforms to integrate to enterprise applications, companies can realize significant benefits.  

Oracle and Hitachi have partnered to create the Building Energy and Asset Management (BEAM) solution to enable companies to achieve these benefits.  By capturing operational data from sensors on building assets and integrating this data to business applications, the solution facilitates direct action to be taken based on this data.  By doing so, the BEAM solution enables companies to significantly drive down energy costs, improve asset and employee utilization, and reduce maintenance costs. 

If you will be at Oracle OpenWorld the week of September 29th, you can see a demo of the BEAM solution in the Hitachi booth, #1701 Moscone South. See additional activities with Hitachi at Oracle OpenWorld.

Sunday Feb 09, 2014

Paris Lodron Universität Decreases Carbon Footprint by 75% and Energy Consumption by 50%

Back in October, I wrote a blog about Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award with a summary of the award winners who use Oracle products to help with their environmental initiatives. Throughout this year, I’ll be providing more details around these award winners and how they’ve been able to both reduce their environmental footprint as well as improve their operational efficiencies using green business practices. Nominations are now open for the 2014 Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation award.

One of our 2013 award winners is the University of Salzburg, one of Austria’s major universities. More than 18,000 students are enrolled in its classes, and the university employs approximately 2,700 staff members. University of Salzburg reduced its carbon footprint from 96 tons to roughly 25 tons per year by migrating a large number of hardware components, software platforms, and service-related processes to Oracle Engineered Systems. They were able to deliver extreme performance by deploying Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with preconfigured, pretuned, and pretested database servers, storage servers, and network connections, decreasing their total cost of ownership by 30%. The University of Salzburg reduced its energy consumption by 50% in less than 12 months—including the energy used by cooling systems—by consolidating multiple servers into Oracle Engineered Systems stacks.

Florin Guma, their CIO stated “We aim to be an example for our students in protecting the environment with more sustainable processes, such as more efficient cooling of data centers or better print management. Oracle helped us achieve all of our sustainability goals—75% lower carbon footprint, 50% less energy consumption, and 20% less paper use. It empowers us to set higher targets in the future, while providing 10x better performance at a 30% lower total cost of ownership.” Read more about their story here.

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