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With db* to a high-performance database environment

Flughafen Zürich AG used the upcoming technology change to bring its Oracle databases to the next level – increasing the performance of the entire database environment. This was achieved with a tool from db*.

In Short

CHALLENGE

Outdated Oracle version was facing its EOL, and the existing Windows clusters were reaching their limits in terms of adaptability for future requirements.

SOLUTION

Local storage with db* STANDBY high availability solution on Linux standalone server.

BENEFIT

Improved performance, higher availability of systems, full support from Oracle and easier maintenance.

Our solution

Reliable IT is indispensable for the smooth operation of Zurich Airport, where over 200,000 aircraft movements are recorded annually on three runways and over 30 million passengers are welcomed or seen off in its buildings. For many years, Flughafen Zürich AG has trusted in the cooperation with Trivadis – Part of Accenture when it comes to Oracle and relies on the competence and experience of its specialists.

EOL as well as upcoming technology change

Two years ago, it became apparent that some Oracle clusters were approaching their end of life (EOL). Among other things, critical business applications were affected. In addition to the replacement of these aging clusters, a technology change from shared storage to a physical environment with db* STANDBY, the disaster recovery solution from Trivadis, was to be implemented. Trivadis provided a team of Oracle experts to handle the migration and technology change.

High availability and cost-effective solution db* STANDBY

As a first step, the project team migrated the existing Windows clusters to Linux "standalone servers". These new standalone servers use a local storage solution to improve the reliability of the single point of failure (shared storage system) and at the same time reduce operating costs. For this purpose, the Trivadis experts selected a local storage solution with db* STANDBY – the cost-effective high-availability solution offers automatic synchronization as well as monitoring and alerting in the event of error situations across several standalone servers.

We were able to count on Trivadis' professional cooperation and support throughout the entire project, from the initial requirements to the effective implementation of the migration.

Jerzy Filus, Team Leader ICT Business Intelligence, Flughafen Zürich AG

Automated processes and better availability of systems – at lower operating costs

Due to the migration to the Linux systems, those responsible at Flughafen Zürich AG now have more possibilities to adapt the system according to their needs. The Oracle products in use are once again up to date and maintenance and support from Oracle are thus available again. The conversions enable more stable operation with lower operating costs.

Thanks to db* STANDBY, time-intensive processes such as synchronization or monitoring of the systems are automated, which massively simplifies the work of those responsible at Flughafen Zürich AG. IT staff and ultimately Zurich Airport as a whole also benefit from the best-practice Oracle standard established by Trivadis. It facilitates maintenance work and guarantees specialist support from Trivadis at all times.

About the Flughafen Zürich AG

Zurich Airport provides numerous direct connections from Switzerland to the world. In addition to airport operations in Switzerland and abroad (e.g. in Latin America and Asia), the core tasks of Flughafen Zürich AG include the operation of commercial centers on the landside and airside as well as the yield-oriented management and further development of real estate at the Zurich site. Together with around 280 other companies, it ensures the smooth operation of the airport. As a mixed-economy, listed company, Flughafen Zürich AG employs around 1700 people.

Technologies used

  • Oracle
  • Linux
  • db* STANDBY
  • Commvault Backup

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