University of Minnesota has taken a great leap towards efficient database management. It has consolidated all the database instances resulting in the reduction of data center footprint by 90 percent.

Oracle, an attendee at the Educause 2012 conference held in Denver stated that the University of Minnesota has adopted the Oracle Exadata Database Machine  half racks into its data center. This machine has enabled the University to consolidate more than 200 database instances to less than 20. It has also reduced the usage of space, and consequently cut costs.

University of Minnesota operates on five massive campuses. It comprises of 65,000 students, 25,000 faculty members, and makes use of Oracle’s varied array of solutions to manage a number of business applications. Oracle also claimed that the installation of Exadata architecture has enabled the University to deal with database updates efficiently. Recently, the University deployed a security tool to all its performance databases; this operation was completed in five minutes with the help of the architecture which otherwise would have taken weeks.

“The Exadata platform has been an enabler for us to reduce our total cost of ownership related to supporting Oracle databases,” said Patton Fast, senior director and enterprise architecture for the University of Minnesota, in a prepared statement. “This is because we were able to drive the adoption of best practices and dramatically reduce the amount of infrastructure required.”

The University of Minnesota implemented

Oracle’s Exadata architecture for a period of three weeks in the month of May 2011.

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