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Open Universities Australia uses Oracle VM to Virtualize Oracle Database and PeopleSoft

Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM

Deploys
Virtualized Oracle Database and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications to
Production, Development and Disaster Recovery Environments in
Campus-Wide Infrastructure Upgrade

Read the entire press release.

Open Universities Australia (OUA) director of ICT, Anthony Russo, was
faced with a 3 year cycle of systems upgrade. With tightening budgets to meet growth targets, needing to deliver on cost efficiencies while staying within constraints of existing license footprints and implementing a
zero outage operations model, Anthony had to re-evaluate his traditional
IT approach with bare metal computing.

Virtualizing Oracle Database and Oracle PeopleSoft Campus applications were a
remote option for Anthony due to fear of loss in performance and managing the
complexity of the environment with a small IT staff. The environments
that would be affected were the hosted development, and cloud
based environments for both Production and Disaster Recovery.

However, the looming hardware refresh and software upgrade costs of over $300,000 convinced Anthony to evaluate Virtualization.

Oracle
VM claims as the best virtualization technology for Oracle Database and enterprise applications workload were not sufficient
data to decide on this important refresh. Anthony embarked on a
performance testing validation exercise. To his surprise, his own
performance results debunked the performance myths about virtualizing
database workloads -- in fact in some cases virtualized workloads on Oracle VM performed better than even on bare metal!

As
for the fear of complexity introduced to his IT process by
virtualization, this was also debunked with Oracle VM Templates and
Oracle Enterprise Manger 12c. His IT team provisioned a multi-node Oracle
RAC environment all within a few hours using the Oracle VM Templates with
pre-configured Oracle Database, RAC and Oracle Linux. With Oracle
Enterprise Manager 12c, the team is able to manage and monitor Oracle
VM servers and virtual machines across multiple locations from a single
console.

Anthony
shares his report findings in a whitepaper “ Oracle VM on Oracle Real
Application Clusters, Physical vs. Virtual Database” hosted by the Independent Oracle
User Group
. Here is a sample of some of the key findings in the report:

To access the complete report, visit the IOUG Website sign up for a Free Associate Membership and join the Cloud Computing SIG.

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