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Liberty Global first in Europe to implement Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4

05 Jul 2012

Oracle Stack and Engineered Systems

Utrecht, 05 July 2012

News facts:

  • Liberty Global, the leading international cable company with operations in 13 countries, has selected the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 to consolidate its current server environment, reduce cost and lower total cost of ownership.
  • The Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 will replace at least twenty older SPARC servers that have been in production to full satisfaction for up to eight years, enabling Liberty Global to preserve their software investment while taking advantage of new features in the SPARC SuperCluster Liberty Global will use the server to support its Pan European (PE) Operations, including at UPC Nederland.
  • The Liberty Global application landscape consists of software from multiple vendors and streamlines complex customer related processes around invoicing and customer management. Liberty Global is mainly using Oracle Database 10g combined with a number of Oracle Database 11g for this purpose.
  • Next to the SPARC T4-4 servers, Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 contains Oracle Exadata Storage Servers that provide better performance for the database. Both the applications and the database perform significantly better as a result.
  • Liberty Global already invested in two Oracle Exadata Database Machines for reporting and data warehousing so the company is familiar with the concept and performance of Oracle's Engineered Systems. Therefore introducing the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 into the core application environment is a logical next step.
  • Liberty Global’s objective is to provide optimal tuning of the new, consolidated approach per country to the combined hardware and storage in one Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 for the best performance.
  • The project is divided into two phases. The first phase is mainly focused on consolidating the number of servers into the SuperCluster. After that, Liberty Global will decide how they can get more out of their existing applications by using Oracle Exadata Storage Servers. By doing this, the current SAN environment will be relieved and the performance of the databases will increase significantly.
  • The Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 is the world’s fastest general purpose engineered system, delivering high performance, availability, scalability and security to support and consolidate multi-tier enterprise applications with web, database and application components.
  • The SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 combines Oracle’s SPARC T4-4 servers running Oracle Solaris 11 with the database optimization of Oracle Exadata, the accelerated processing of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud software, and the high throughput and availability of Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance all on a high speed InfiniBand backplane.

Supporting quotes:
  • Dean Walters, Managing Director, Chief Information Officer at Liberty Global: "We have been using SPARC systems to our full satisfaction for years. In close co-operation with Oracle we are now moving towards engineered systems. With the effect that we can better respond to changes in the market and that we are able to realize cost savings. We selected Oracle Exadata and SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 as standard building blocks for our infrastructure. This has opened the door for further consolidation of other IT environments."
  • Willem-Jan Scholten, Vice President Hardware Sales Oracle Netherlands: "Liberty Global operates in a very dynamic market in which operating 'lean and mean' is crucial. By selecting SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 Liberty Global is ready for the future. Their selection of our engineered systems is a great confirmation of their trust in our strategy and collaboration."

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