Oracle University Streamlines Operations with Autonomous Database
- Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Database Management & Storage
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Databases
- Product Research & Development
- Autonomous Transport Systems
- Smart Campus
- Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
Oracle University, a platform that provides proficiency training on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and SaaS applications, faced significant challenges with its underlying database system. The system, which was initially based on AWS and used PostgreSQL, was migrated to OCI in 2018. However, the PostgreSQL system had several shortcomings. Performance optimization was subpar, and building a high-availability (HA) setup required substantial expertise. The system also required additional compute resources, which led to downtime and necessitated the management of the underlying block storage that PostgreSQL used. This resulted in high administrative overhead and required expertise, making the system inefficient and costly to maintain.
About The Customer
Oracle University is a platform that helps customers build proficiency with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and SaaS applications. It offers Oracle Guided Learning, which is integrated with Oracle Cloud Applications, providing up-to-date guidance and knowledge in the user’s workflow. Oracle MyLearn, another offering from Oracle University, provides subscription-based, personalized training on a range of Oracle solutions, including OCI, Oracle Cloud Applications, and database and industry solutions. Oracle University incorporated technology that was acquired by Oracle in 2018 and migrated from AWS to OCI.
To address these challenges, the Oracle University development team chose Oracle Autonomous Database for transaction processing to replace PostgreSQL for Oracle Guided Learning. This solution supports developers in creating new guides and end users in interacting with those guides from host applications. Autonomous Database for analytics and data warehousing was also implemented to support administrative users in understanding the usage of the entire learning environment. Oracle MyLearn, a new application, was built on Autonomous Database for transaction processing and mixed workloads. The Autonomous Database automatically manages storage and allows additional storage or compute resources on demand without needing specialized expertise or taking the database down. It also handles backups, performance tuning, patching, and updates automatically, reducing operational costs. The database comes with pre-set security policies and settings, reducing the work needed to keep data secure and decreasing the risk of errors. It also simplified the process of integrating with object storage, a crucial part of the overall solution.
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