Saudi Public Pension Agency deploys Oracle SuperCluster
Solution provides high availability and moves the organisation to a subscription-based cost model
The Saudi Ministry of Finance's Public Pension Agency (PPA) announced today that it has successfully implemented Oracle SuperCluster.
The PPA also installed a range of other products from Oracle, including Exadata X4-2, GoldenGate, Enterprise Manager 12c and Enterprise Manager OpsCenter 12c.
The organisation was established to address all retirement affairs in the kingdom and is responsible for administering civil and military pension schemes.
The PPA said that it decided to implement Oracle technology to gain maximum availability with active/active configuration across two separate sites. Installing a cloud solution was also part of the plan, as was replacing legacy hardware with Oracle engineered systems.
The PPA's UNIX environment was consolidated into a single system so that a private Unix cloud environment could be created. Oracle Database on SuperCluster now runs with fewer cores and more powerful processors, allowing the PPA to minimise the number of Oracle software licenses needed.
SuperCluster also provides high availability for Oracle E-Business Suite, with SuperClusters in two different locations running the suite in active/passive mode using Oracle DataGuard technology, the organisation said.
"Oracle technology has provided important benefits to PPA's IT infrastructure and the implementation has been quick and simple," said Faraj Aljaeed, operations and network manager at the PPA.
"Oracle SuperCluster has enabled us to reduce operational issues, and adopt new business models with greater business agility, better use of resources, less capital expense and increased speed in response to unforeseen events. It is now easy to get the latest updates; we have improved information security, and our deployment time has been decreased from years to months.
Aljaeed added that the PPA's risk is now lower, thanks to the subscription-based cost model. The organisation is the first government entity in Saudi Arabia to deploy Oracle SuperCluster.
The PPA said that it is now able to comply with the international standards for selecting, implementing and monitoring the lifecycle for software ISO/IEC 12207 by having Oracle production, testing and development environments.