Corrections department tests Oracle Exadata machines

Gen-i to provide managed services for business applications hosted on database machines

The Department of Corrections is testing two Oracle Exadata database machines prior to full deployment.

Gen-i, which installed the machines, will provide managed services for key business applications hosted on them. It’s the first time in New Zealand that a database machine will be used as a managed platform-as-a-service solution.

The installation is part of an extended ICT outsourcing contract with Gen-i to include the provision and support of Oracle hardware and software, expanding on the current enterprise cloud service, which includes infrastructure, storage, backup and software-as-a-service.

The Oracle Exadata machines will be used to consolidate infrastructure and improve performance of the department’s various business applications, including its offender management database and its data warehouse.

Gen-i will oversee the migration of the applications and provide ongoing database management support services.

Corrections CIO Joe Cumming says the managed service will allow the department to consolidate key application data on to an enterprise class machine and provide significantly increased performance and reliability to frontline staff.

The Exadata machines are hosted separately at Gen-i’s Auckland and Wellington data centres.

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