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Equinix taps Oracle Exadata to bolster performance improvement

14 Feb 2020

Equinix is tapping into Oracle’s Exadata technologies with the aim of improving performance across its entire cloud and data center ecosystem.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine supports Equinix’s quote-to-cash business support systems running on Oracle Database and Oracle Applications.

According to Equinix, it has experienced major improvements in transaction processing and data warehouse analytics.

Equinix has chosen to implement Oracle Exadata in a cloud-adjacent architecture environment. 

This interconnection architecture enables its global user base to access various applications across multiple cloud providers utilising the exceptional performance of Oracle Database deployed on Exadata systems located in Equinix IBX data center locations and interconnected via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric).

Prior to selecting Oracle Exadata, Equinix had implemented a do-it-yourself infrastructure environment comprised of Oracle Database with servers combined with storage and networking products from multiple vendors. 

By moving to Oracle Exadata, Equinix is able to run its applications an estimated 30-40% faster with some workloads showing more than 100 percent improvement. Equinix also eliminated an estimated 12 hours of service downtime for database server patching per year and further reduced application patching downtime by 90%, the company explains.

"Our investment in Oracle Exadata has proven valuable and has exceeded our expectations," says Equinix executive vice president and global chief information officer, Milind Wagle. 

"Not only is Oracle a strategic alliance partner with Equinix, we also consider it an important solution provider trusted to run our mission-critical applications around the world."

In addition to experiencing a reduction in patching requirements, Equinix says it has also benefitted from net incremental capabilities as a result of Oracle co-engineering, including Automatic Indexing, AI-based Cloud-Scale Performance Management and Hybrid Columnar Compression.

Oracle’s Mission-critical DataBase Technologies executive vice president Juan Loaiza comments, "It's a strong validation of our strategy to see Equinix, one of the world's largest providers of interconnected data centers, relying on Oracle Exadata to ensure its customers benefit from superior cloud and infrastructure performance on a 24/7 basis, no matter where they are in the world. 

"Oracle Exadata powers the Oracle Autonomous Database, Exadata Cloud Service, and Gen 2 Exadata Cloud at Customer, and is the premiere platform for running Oracle Database workloads in the cloud and on-premises."

As a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, Equinix continues to collaborate with Oracle on Oracle Cloud services spanning PaaS, IaaS and SaaS, offering Equinix IBX data centers worldwide. 

In addition, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect is also available at Equinix, providing them with high-performance, private access to Oracle Cloud. Joint enterprise customers can also leverage Equinix Network Edge Services to migrate Oracle applications and databases quickly and cost-effectively from legacy cloud providers to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.