Vanderbilt University has migrated its critical business operations to Oracle software and expects to achieve a 185 percent return on its investment running Oracle on Linux. Prompted by a 3,000 percent increase in data growth over the past two years, the Nashville, Tennessee-based university faced budget and cost-containment issues while maintaining several decentralized databases. The institution's information technology team determined that as the university expanded, it was critical to consolidate its vital database and storage needs to improve information access and lower maintenance costs.

Vanderbilt University is now running a three-node data warehouse with Oracle Real Application Clusters on Linux, supporting an alumni development application that went into production in April, as well as the university's academic and financial reporting applications. Vanderbilt chose to migrate its data warehouse from legacy systems to Oracle Real Application Clusters running on Linux to help lower operating costs and improve scalability of its IT infrastructure. The university calculated that it could deploy three low-cost Linux servers for the price of one UNIX server. Vanderbilt also realized that achieving the needed performance and availability from its UNIX platform would be significantly more expensive than it was in the Linux environment.

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