A UK health care organization using 100+ databases on Oracle Enterprise Edition, Weblogic Suite, Oracle Application Server running on Solaris standalone servers and virtual servers running on VMware.
- 100+ databases on Oracle Enterprise Edition running on 25 servers
- Oracle Middleware(Application Server/Weblogic) running on 30+ servers
- Oracle Business intelligence on 20+ servers
- VMware running on a clustered environment with vMotion enabled
The customer had a £500k budget shortfall for a new programme, and requested its managed service provider to
- Optimise the overall infrastructure.
- Overhaul the architecture by consolidating physical resources to achieve better commercial value from software licence contracts.
- Highlight compliance risks.
- Review the cost impact of virtualization and future projects.
The managed service provider used BaseClarity product and consulting services to perform the following
- Analyze the infrastructure data and quickly highlight risks
- Quick recommendations on infrastructure utilization
- Simulate new modified architecture and reviewed the impact of virtualization on license costs
- Identified unused features which the customer would have to pay for
- Contract review and consolidation reporting
The following benefits were derived from this exercise
- Identified that only 25% of the estate was virtualized but would cost the organization buy 200+ Oracle Enterprise Edition licenses if audited
- As many as 10 servers were identified which had unused Partitioning and Advanced Compression features costing up to 25 processor licenses
- Part of the estate running Oracle software was moved onto a separate VMware cluster to reduce the license costs
- A new project to virtualize the outdated physical servers was initiated, leading to further reductions in costs for licences, power, and annual S&M fees.