Case Study - DAS Protection Juridique

 

DAS Protection Juridique is a Business to Consumer (B2C) insurer, providing legal costs protection. Founded in 1925, DAS (Deutscher Automobil Schutz) was the first German insurance company to provide legal costs protection. In 1994, they became part of the DAS International Group, with DAS being renamed DAS Protection Juridique SA (Switzerland). Then, in 1998, DAS International became part of the ERGO Group, joining with a range of other insurers such as Hamburger- Mannheimer Versicherung, DKV and Victoria.

As a niche insurer, DAS needs to ensure it provides the same level of data protection for the critical client data it stores as much larger firms, while operating within its available IT budgets. For this reason, DAS is always looking for innovative and cost-effective solutions.

 

dbi services is the leading Swiss IT expert for the handling of enterprise information systems based on Oracle®, and a proven supplier to DAS. dbi services is also an established Dbvisit partner with extensive experience in Dbvisit’s range of database replication products.

 

dbi services’ 45 staff design, build, and operate cutting-edge IT infrastructure solutions which enable their clients to focus on running their businesses.


The Challenge

When DAS came to renew their aging Oracle infrastructure, they engaged dbi services to assist with the design and implementation of the new solution.

dbi services was a trusted partner of DAS, having supplied them with a range of services over several years; from DBA training to Oracle maintenance and performance tuning.

 

In order to support their existing systems, DAS needed to retain a solution based on Oracle database technology. They needed to do so in a way that was highly cost-effective, and yet delivered high availability and disaster recovery features.


The Solution

Working with their partners, including dbi services and Arrow LLC, DAS settled on a solution that used Oracle Database Appliances (ODA) and Oracle Standard Edition (SE) databases, along with Dbvisit Standby.

 

ODA integrates software, compute, storage, and network resources to deliver database services for a wide range of custom and packaged online transaction processing (OLTP), in-memory database, and data warehousing applications.

ODA provides a platform that is easy to install and administer, as well as providing the opportunity to reuse their existing Oracle Standard Edition (SE) licenses.

 

The ODA X6-2S which DAS deployed features one 10-core Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2630 v4 and 128 GB of main memory, expandable to 384 GB. The Oracle Database Appliance X6-2S has Oracle best practices built-in and are optimized for Oracle databases. The components of each system is balanced to provide optimal database performance for a wide range of enterprise applications.

By adding Dbvisit Standby, DAS was able to use the SE licenses to deliver high availability features, with high-speed data replication between two ODA X6-2S appliances.

 

A key benefit of the final solution design was the fact that DAS was able to reuse their existing Oracle licensing. They were able to leverage these licenses to meet their requirements around high availability and disaster recovery, by combining ODA with Dbvisit Standby.


The Result

Dbvisit Standby ensures DAS’s critical data is always protected and recoverable, and provides an intuitive GUI that makes failover and switchover functions seamless.

 

By configuring Dbvisit Standby in conjunction with the ODA appliances, DAS was able to construct a cost-effective Disaster Recovery (DR) and High Availability (HA) solution covering databases totalling 1.2TB.

 

While ODA may be marketed as being easy to implement, it does require specialist skills and experience to get the absolute best from the configuration. dbi services’ extensive ODA experience, combined with their understanding of Dbvisit Standby, allowed them to deliver the high availability environment DAS required using these tools.

 

Dbvisit Standby combined with ODA delivers enterprise level DR functionality on Oracle SE. The DAS solution operates with a Recovery Point Objective (the maximum data lost in the event of a failure) of ten minutes, and a Recovery Time Objective (the time taken to restore service) of ten minutes once the decision is taken to initiate the fail over.


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About Dbvisit

Dbvisit develops disaster recovery and database replication products that ensure an organization’s critical data is available and up-to-date when and where it is needed; whether on-premise, in the cloud or a combination of both.

 

Dbvisit was formed in 2006 to develop Dbvisit Standby, an off-the-shelf, low-cost, high performance disaster recovery solution for Oracle Standard Edition (SE) database users. Today, Dbvisit Standby is the world's leading Data Guard alternative solution for Oracle Standard Edition. Dbvisit Replicate was developed in response to a market need for a smart alternative to Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Streams products. It delivers the full power and potential of database replication and real-time data streaming at an affordable price. 

 

Over 1300 business, academic, and public sector organizations in 110 countries trust Dbvisit products to deliver replication for their Oracle databases. Since 2011, Dbvisit has been ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for Asia Pacific for the fastest growing technology companies in the region. Dbvisit is an Oracle Gold Partner.


Dbvisit Standby and ODA provide a complete DR solution for Oracle SE customers

 

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