Infotech Lead America: Mazda Motor Corporation has modernized and consolidated its Mazda Digital Innovation (MDI) system on Oracle’s SPARC T4-4 and T4-2 servers running Oracle Solaris 10, thereby reducing operational costs by 40 Percent and lowering monthly server power consumption by 75 Percent.
Mazda used Oracle VM for SPARC to address performance issues and challenges with server resource allocation, efficiency and cost that developed in the MDI system which was originally launched in 1996.
The MDI system is critical to Mazda product development and provides technologies which span the entire process from planning and development to manufacturing new cars, including 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Product Data Management (PDM), and other IT tools.
Mazda purchased its SPARC T4 servers in July 2012. The Oracle VM for SPARC helps virtualize and consolidate MDI’s middleware and applications on 25 servers onto three SPARC T4 servers to support its production environment, application development and disaster recovery. Since both the old and the new servers were running Oracle Solaris, the migration to the new SPARC T4 servers took only two days to complete.
Oracle Solaris Containers enables Mazda to run legacy applications in virtual machines. With SPARC T4 servers with Oracle Solaris, Mazda has achieved 50 percent faster PDM tool response time at peak hours.
With as many as 3,500 users, the PDM tool supports 1 million transactions during peak hours at the beginning and end of each day. Along with substantial reduction in monthly operational costs and server power consumption Mazda reported a 90 percent reduction in its data center footprint. Mazda reduced its MDI system from 12 racks to one.
By consolidating onto SPARC T4 servers, Mazda’s MDI system has the performance and flexibility to handle new business requirements and accommodate future growth.
Oracle recently said that SPARC T4 servers are witnessing strong demand in India, nearly four times the number announced a year ago, with over 3,000 enterprises worldwide running these servers for mission-critical workloads.
Highlighting a sustained growth in its hardware business, Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers have been adopted by customers across industries, including Reliance BIG Entertainment, Tata Sky, Reliance Mumbai Metro, Rico Industries, Cairn Energy, Tata AIA Life Insurance, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Communications, Tech Mahindra and Tata AIG.