Description: The following article is the introduction about Empower Retirement which is a business line of great-west financial supporting the retirement needs of individuals across the nation.
Empower retirement is a business line of great-west financial supporting the retirement needs of individuals across the nation, today we’re supporting over 8 million individuals with over 440 billion dollars in the assets.
As they plan for their retirement and we help them ensure that they retire with grace and dignity, one of the largest issues that we face today is the fact that we are growing so fast.
We’ve grown from the 34 to the second-largest record-keeper in the nation, today the challenges of empire retirement was facing or how we accommodate rapid growth look like simple problems.
When you start digging into the details of that problem in a typical infrastructure, we’d have to talk to the network, we’re noticing whatever the response time is from your unit.
Can you get that better for us? We’d have to talk to the server person, can you make sure that the servers are right?
There are a lot of pieces to manage and to accommodate, the nice thing about Exadata is the fact that it’s a single engineered system, we were confident, our growth from our benchmarks allowed us to grow, so the challenges that we’re facing our growth and how do we accommodate that and how do we simplify our IT operations so that we can accommodate that growth.
We consolidated over 70 databases onto this platform, if you know numerous servers switches Network gear, all that stuff will be consolidated to accommodate these 70 databases.
One of the cool things we saw is that we did a benchmark, we went to look at these systems, we looked at another vendor after four weeks of going through all this effort, trying to figure out what that would look like.
After we loaded our data, we went to dinner, came back and we were able to get our statement through, put them where they were before you look at other response times.
In our call center, we’re 4x faster, before you look at batch windows, we’ve cut those in half as well, so we’ve a lot of direct performance improvements Oracle is a prime example of a partner that we work with and have worked with quite a number of years that is helping to enable us to deliver data a fast manner using the exadata.
Our ability to respond to database needs is much faster, our availability is very high and we’re meeting the needs of our clients from a security perspective as well by using the native encryption, that’s offered in Oracle.