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Conversational and Cognitive AI Leader Chooses FlashGrid for Database High Availability in Azure Cloud

“FlashGrid provides us all elements needed for running our mission-critical Oracle databases in Azure: storage and networking software, deployment automation, and 24×7 support”

Jay Wilder

Sr. Director of Software Engineering

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Pivotree helps a global retailer to migrate Oracle ATG Commerce to AWS and to double holiday sales, selects FlashGrid for running Oracle RAC.

Pivotree was leading a digital transformation project that involved a strategic move of an on-premises Oracle ATG Commerce with Oracle RAC implementation to AWS. The customer, a global retailer, was looking to achieve better scalability of their e-commerce systems during the holiday season.

“Robust, fast, and highly available database is essential for Oracle ATG Commerce. FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on AWS is easy to deploy and run, and their 24/7 technical support service is outstanding.”

Chris MacLean

VP Cloud

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Costa Rican Insurer Completes Migration to Azure Cloud, Moves Oracle RAC from Aging ODA to FlashGrid

“As a financial institution, we need our main database to have low latency combined with 24/7 uptime and support. FlashGrid for Azure delivered all that, together with excellent performance and the ease of automated deployment.”

Dennis Córdoba López

IT Director

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Digital Education SaaS Innovator Uses FlashGrid to Attain Database High Availability on AWS

“FlashGrid delivers database high availability that we need for running our service in AWS with no interruptions.”

Nataraj Chindam

Senior Database Administrator

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Global exchange selects FlashGrid for running Oracle RAC database backend on Azure for new securities products

When launching cryptocurrency futures trading, a newly formed division of an established international exchange operator decided to put their entire infrastructure on Azure cloud. However, they faced the challenge of running their backend database with sufficiently high availability to power the non-stop futures trading operation. After several months of performance and reliability testing, FlashGrid with Oracle RAC was selected as their database platform.

With three database nodes spread across three availability zones, FlashGrid leverages the 99.99% uptime SLA offered by Azure for multi-AZ deployments.

Virginia traffic toll collection runs 24/7/365 with FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on AWS

Cognizant, a global IT services provider, partnered with FlashGrid when a toll collection system in Virginia that they were managing required enhancements, including uninterrupted operation of the backend database. Since the entire application stack was deployed on AWS cloud, implementing database high availability with FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on AWS was the most natural choice. FlashGrid’s ability to run database nodes across availability zones allowed the additional benefit of 99.99% uptime SLA offered by AWS EC2 by protecting against failures affecting an entire availability zone.

Rajendra Trehan

Manager at Cognizant

Brazil’s top retailer runs Oracle RAC database on Azure cloud, powered by FlashGrid.

For a major retailer operating multiple store chains in Brazil, Azure cloud provides the agility to create new store fronts and new applications for engaging customers. And when orders come in, they must be processed quickly and reliably, which requires highly available RDBMS at the backend. To accomplish this, the retailer decided to use Oracle RAC database cluster powered by FlashGrid engineered cloud system. Retailer’s engineers were able to quickly deploy the database cluster using FlashGrid Launcher tool, with only minimal help from technical support.

Billing and payments SaaS vendor migrates to AWS, uses FlashGrid for running Oracle RAC

When the SaaS vendor decided to start new deployments on AWS instead of on-prem, they were facing the question of how to keep running the same software stack with the same uptime SLA and similar performance. The SaaS vendor has been using Oracle RAC clusters for a number of years in their on-prem datacenters with fast flash-based storage. The new database infrastructure on AWS had to provide similar uptime SLA and similar performance.

After thorough testing, the SaaS vendor selected FlashGrid for running multiple Oracle RAC database clusters on AWS.

Singapore government ensures uninterrupted operation of customs with FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on AWS

In 2018 the Singapore government launched its new National Trading Platform that provides customs services to traders, logistics companies, and carriers. The new platform was implemented by Accenture and deployed on AWS. Uninterrupted operation of the new platform and of the backend database powering the platform was a critical requirement. Accenture selected FlashGrid for Oracle RAC for its ability to provide active-active high availability with database nodes spread across two availability zones. Such multi-AZ configuration allows leveraging the 99.99% uptime SLA offered by AWS and non-stop operation even in the case of a local disaster or an outage affecting an entire availability zone.

International luxury retailer’s online store runs on FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on Azure

A major luxury retail brand approached FlashGrid when they were deploying eCommerce solution for the China market. For compliance reasons all data must be stored in China, and Azure China was selected for the deployment. The application backend is based on Oracle Database. Since strict uptime SLA is a critical requirement, the retailer decided to use FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on Azure as their database high availability solution. After several months of active testing the solution was deployed in production and runs the retailer’s entire China online business. Whether it is a maintenance or infrastructure failure, the active-active HA allows retailer to run their store without interruptions.

U.S. Courts move financial management application to Azure Government Cloud, use FlashGrid for running Oracle RAC databases.

A software vendor providing the financial management application used by the U.S. Courts approached FlashGrid Inc when they needed to migrate the application and its backend databases from their own data center to Azure Government Cloud. The new system had to meet stringent uptime SLA and performance requirements. FlashGrid engineered cloud system was selected by the software vendor because of its capability to run Oracle RAC in the cloud while fully utilizing the performance of the underlying Azure VM and storage infrastructure. FlashGrid support team’s deep expertise in cloud infrastructure, Oracle database, and performance optimization enabled the software vendor to achieve the performance targets while staying within the project’s budget constraints.

Billing Platform Provider Moves Database Clusters to AWS, Maintains High Availability SLA

“With FlashGrid and AWS we can now deploy a new application within two weeks instead of six months, without compromising our availability SLA.”

David Urban

VP Operations

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FlashGrid Increases Database Performance by 11x for Everyday Health Plan Provider

“With our new virtualized RAC running on FlashGrid architecture we do a 125GB full table scan in 6 seconds. That is an 11x improvement over our previous setup”

Sam Shiel

Oracle DBA

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International Sheet Metal Processing Equipment Manufacturer Simplifies Database HA with FlashGrid in Azure

“FlashGrid proved to be a reliable solution that is easy to implement and support for us as a systems integrator”

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Global Credit Ratings Provider Moves Databases from Exadata to AWS, Selects FlashGrid as the New Platform

“We had to migrate dozens of mission critical Oracle RAC databases from Exadata to AWS with FlashGrid, and were able to do it without sacrificing performance or availability.”

Rama Kolli

Sr. Director – Database Management

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World’s top-10 bank achieves reliable operation of Oracle RAC with FlashGrid Storage Fabric

Corporate and Institutional Banking division of a global bank had challenges with their existing EMC storage system running extended-distance Oracle RAC clusters. Performance was insufficient and reliability problems were resulting in downtime, which undermined the entire purpose of Oracle RAC clustering. The bank turned to FlashGrid Storage Fabric software in combination with standard SSDs installed in the database servers.

After one year of testing with a non-critical workload, the bank switched critical workloads to the new Oracle RAC clusters powered by FlashGrid Storage Fabric software.

Oracle Financials on Azure cloud with FlashGrid for Oracle RAC

Financing division of a global equipment manufacturer was implementing their new Oracle Financials system on Azure cloud. Reliable non-stop operation was critical for the system and for its backend database. FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on Azure was an obvious choice that provided active-active high availability for the database. Non-stop operation is ensured during unexpected failures and during planned maintenance.

FlashGrid Launcher allowed the internal DBA team to quickly deploy two database clusters in a fully automated fashion while keeping full control of the databases.

U.S. federal agency deploys FlashGrid for running multi-AZ Oracle RAC on AWS GovCloud, meets condensed project timelines.

A government contractor approached FlashGrid Inc when they needed to move applications and their backend Oracle RAC databases to AWS GovCloud. The requirement was to run the database nodes across availability zones to take advantage of the 99.99% uptime SLA provided by EC2 for multi-AZ deployments. The project was critical for the agency and the timelines were very tight, leaving no room for error. FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on AWS was the only practical solution that met the project requirements.

Infrastructure-as-Code deployment automation with FlashGrid Launcher enabled quick and easy deployment of a PoC cluster, followed by a production cluster. Delivery of the FlashGrid software through AWS Marketplace allowed the contractor to focus on the technical side of the project and effortlessly establish a relationship with FlashGrid as a new vendor.

Singapore social security fund selects FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on AWS

When the Singapore Central Provident Fund had to select a database solution to run on AWS, the choice was not hard. Since 2018 the Singapore government was already running its customs services on Oracle RAC powered by FlashGrid. Building on the success of the proven architecture, Cognizant, the government’s contractor, deployed FlashGrid for Oracle RAC with multi-AZ architecture to fully leverage the 99.99% uptime SLA offered by AWS EC2.

Mobile operator in Europe meets uptime SLA for their billing systems with FlashGrid for Oracle RAC on Azure

Uptime SLA of 99.99% or better was a central requirement for a mobile operator in Europe in 2018 when they were starting deployment of a new billing system on Azure cloud. The biggest challenge was achieving the required uptime SLA for the backend Oracle Database. After discussions with the billing system vendor the only practical solution identified was running 3-node Oracle RAC clusters spread across three availability zones. With such configuration the database could survive the loss of two database nodes, or loss of an entire availability zone.

FlashGrid Inc partnered with the billing system vendor, and with TCS, a global IT services provider, to deliver the complete solution that included more than 20 Oracle RAC database clusters powered by FlashGrid engineered cloud systems.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs migrates applications to a private cloud, selects FlashGrid Storage Fabric to enable shared storage for Oracle RAC.

A major applications and solutions provider approached FlashGrid Inc when they had to migrate an application they were hosting for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs from a traditional data center to a private cloud. The application was using Oracle RAC for its backend database. The private cloud was based on VMware Director and provided advanced VM and networking capabilities. However, the cloud lacked the shared storage capability required for running Oracle RAC. The FlashGrid Storage Fabric software was used to create highly available shared storage seamlessly integrated with Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM).

FlashGrid Storage Fabric enabled migration to the private cloud without sacrificing the database high availability provided by Oracle RAC.

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