Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:12

Oracle Exa peps up University of Melbourne portal

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University of Melbourne executive director IT and CIO Sendur Kathir took to the main stage during Intel's keynote at Oracle Open World 2013 to describe the impact that Oracle Exalogic and Exadata Engineered Systems had on the university's student portal.

Like most universities, the University of Melbourne operates a self-service system for students to enrol in specific courses and take care of other administrative functions.

But - again, as other institutions have found - the system suffered significant performance degradation during times of peak load.

The growing use of social media to air complaints about Melbourne's student portal meant the university's brand was suffering. Something had to be done.

With the target of ensuring all transactions would be completed within five seconds, the university upgraded its system by installing Exalogic and Exadata servers from Oracle.

Following the deployment, that and other targets were achieved, Kathir said.

The writer attended Oracle Open World as the guest of Oracle.

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