Pythian leads flawless migration to Tower International’s new Oracle RAC cluster

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Pythian leads flawless migration to Tower International’s new Oracle RAC cluster 

Tower wanted to take advantage of the cost savings associated with server consolidation. Pythian led their flawless migration to Oracle RAC. 

Overview

Tower International is a global automotive parts supplier that competes in a highly cost-conscious business environment. The company supplies the automotive industry with body-structure stampings, frames, and other chassis structures, as well as complex welded assemblies for small and large cars, crossovers, pickups, and SUVs. 

To lower its operational costs, Tower consolidated its global PeopleSoft applications and data into a centralized environment. However, the new PeopleSoft environment needed to serve global operations, not just North American users—introducing high availability and complex migration requirements. Tower’s IT management recognized the risks associated with moving to a consolidated, highly available, clustered server environment. They also realized there was a knowledge gap between Tower’s existing staff and service vendors when it came to migrating and a lack of in-house expertise to tune and troubleshoot complex cluster configurations Pythian was engaged to help. 

What we did

  • Conducted a remote database performance and tuning audit of the main Oracle database, which supports InPho’s SMS gateway applications 
  • Led the planning and execution of the cluster environment migration working alongside Tower and its third-party service provider 
  • Provided an on-site implementation team to develop the migration strategy and set up a production cluster infrastructure 
  • Mentored Tower employees on Oracle RAC implementation and operational best practices. 
  • Provided remote support for the migration to the new platform and continue to provide proactive and reactive services related to the production Oracle RAC Linux cluster

Technologies used

  • Oracle Real Application Clusters
  • Linux
  • PeopleSoft

Key Outcomes

flawless migration at a fraction of the cost. 


Saved costs by reducing redundancies in IT and PeopleSoft applications across the organization 


Reduced risks associated with complex networking and cluster software 

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