Indiana University Virtualizes Mission Critical Oracle Databases
University Information Technology Services (UITS) at Indiana University develops and
maintains a modern information technology environment throughout the university in
support of IU’s vision for excellence in research, teaching, outreach and lifelong learning.
UITS provides tools and services to support the academic and administrative work of
the university, including a high-speed campus network with wireless access, central Web
hosting, a rich selection of free and low-cost software for personal use, tools and support
for instruction and research, and supercomputers for data analysis and visualization.
One of the key IT initiatives at IU is to virtualize as much of this complex IT infrastructure
as possible to achieve maximum flexibility and scalability, and tremendous cost savings.
IU’s estimates suggested a 70 percent possible savings from reducing the use of x86
hardware, and from greater flexibility to deploy new systems and applications quickly
and without purchasing new hardware. Virtualization also takes capacity planning to
a new level. IU’s IT team can size up and size down virtual machines to ensure service
levels under variable load.