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Two Tricks in One: Reducing Oracle Database Costs and Improving Performance


Guest Blogger: Peter Schrady, Senior Vice President and GM, HPE ProLiant Servers

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 As data volumes grow and SLAs become more demanding, many enterprises find that the costs associated with their Oracle database environments consume too much of their IT budgets. What if you could reduce the cost of running Oracle databases while improving database performance at the same time? A new best practices guide, Reducing costs in your Oracle database environment: Best practices for the modern data center can help you do just that.

 Asking difficult questions

For many enterprises, Oracle databases are the engines that drive critical online transaction (OLTP) and online analytics (OLAP) processing. They’re quite often the lifeblood of the business.

 With the rapid growth in enterprise data, IT leaders are seeing several issues emerge in their Oracle environments. As data volumes grow, the Oracle landscape becomes more complex, requiring more expensive licenses to manage. Plus, the time and effort required to manage complex deployments can reduce the net value of Oracle solutions.

 Many organizations run Oracle on UNIX® or Oracle’s proprietary Linux® distribution, adding to the cost of maintaining and growing those deployments. In many cases, the existing Oracle infrastructure is outdated, putting additional pressure on IT to find creative ways to manage growth. CIOs and VPs of infrastructure face some difficult questions:

 What can we do to reduce the cost of Oracle databases without reducing service levels?

  • Can we enable growth without adding cost and complexity?
  • How do we get the absolute best value from the dollars we spend on Oracle?
  • How do we support enterprise efforts to move to industry-standard Linux platforms?
  • What virtualization technology is best for our Oracle environment?

 Reduce costs by modernizing Oracle Database infrastructure

For many businesses, the answer will be modernization, replacing existing Unix or Linux x86 scale-out solutions with new x86 scale-up architectures. Switching from proprietary processor platforms like IBM Power or Oracle SPARC to open standard x86 platforms can deliver dramatic cost reductions. Often the savings in Oracle licensing and maintenance alone can more than cover the hardware acquisition costs. Solutions like HPE ProLiant DL580 Gen9 rack servers provide scale-up capacity and performance to support business-critical applications at a budget-friendly cost.

 Bolagsverket, the Swedish Companies Registration Office, found that resources and expertise to support their legacy infrastructure were becoming scarce and resource costs were escalating. Reliability was suffering, and the costs associated with the platform were unpredictable. Aging infrastructure was also getting in the way of innovation, slowing down development and deployment of new applications and features.

 By migrating to Oracle database on a Linux x86 scale-up solution, Bolagsverket found they were able to:

  • Reduce total cost of ownership
  • Avoid business interruption
  • Decrease risks and provide a “future-proof” environment
  • Boost ongoing innovation capabilities
  • Source IT talent with ease

 HPE delivers the right Compute

Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides a full portfolio of right-sized server solutions to help IT organizations produce similar results, from midsize to large enterprise deployments, at price points that fit almost any IT budget. From HPE ProLiant Gen9 rack servers that provide scale-up solutions for small and mid-size environments, to HPE Superdome X servers that bring record-breaking performance to the enterprise, HPE can deliver solutions to help you improve performance while reducing TCO in your Oracle environment.

 Learn more about data center modernization for Oracle and other use cases or pick up the Oracle database best practices guide.



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