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IS Completes Initial Migration to Virtual Servers

Information Services migrated Oracle databases from physical infrastructure to new, virtual servers.

The Information Services Applications Directorate recently completed a project to migrate long-standing Oracle databases from physical infrastructure to new, virtual servers. The databases were approaching end of life and instead of replacing the physical servers, the decision was made to move to virtual infrastructure.

The virtual infrastructure provides the ability to manage servers more efficiently and increase stability and dependency on the system. In the early phases of the project, the project teams developed a prototype to meet the requirements for a virtualised server and worked with colleagues in ITI to establish procedures for use.

The project team worked to build the new virtual servers, migrate existing databases and decommission the retired physical servers for 14 different services. Each migration required working closely with business users to ensure their specific considerations were taken into account.

This project will be enhanced through the follow-on project charged with moving databases for another nine services and utilizing the stability and dependency engendered by the move to virtual servers.