Asciano embraces Oracle Grid computing

Transport group gets with the Grid

Transport infrastructure group Asciano has standardised its financial and human resources management systems on Oracle grid computing infrastructure.

The price of the deal, which supports 8000 employees across Australia, was not disclosed. “The Oracle Grid, which sits on a Linux operating system and comprises two Real Application Cluster nodes, has enabled our PeopleSoft applications and Oracle database to run up to four times faster,” said Paul Rashleigh, Asciano systems architect.

“The incremental scale-out capability of Oracle Real Application Clusters, combined with lower cost commodity hardware gives us a big comfort factor. If our organization makes acquisitions in the future, we can expand the infrastructure cost-effectively, with a minimum of fuss, and at a fraction of the price than the previous mid-range servers.”

“With Oracle’s clustering capabilities, we can now do planned and unplanned maintenance on each of our clustered servers without having to take the systems they support down and potentially losing a great deal of staff productivity time, not to mention business disruption. Our support staff are also relieved of no longer having to do this sort of maintenance at 2 a.m.”

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