Northern Arizona University Brings High Performance to Higher Education
An aging Oracle DSEE server was unable to keep up with increasing demands. Meanwhile, the IT department was managing up to 180,000 identities across a wide range of critical day-to-day functions, from email account access and grading systems to support for departmental websites. Years of industry acquisitions made the legacy directory harder to use, configure and optimize. Support for it was being phased out, and the system had periodic issues with stability and performance. Lastly, the university didn’t see much by way of innovation, and the product wasn’t evolving to meet their needs.
The solution has delivered a number of improved processes and infrastructure savings for NAU, including 10 times faster performance for identity management processing. Users can immediately find the information they need, even with traffic volumes averaging as high as 7 million searches daily. Multi-master replication cuts the number of required instances in half without sacrificing availability for real-time application needs, resulting in a 50% reduction in replication instances. The 50% reduction in memory usage provided capacity for future growth and additional applications. And, it takes just one day to to create and deploy a plug-in—substantially less time than the days or weeks that were required when using the Oracle server.
More About NAU
Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is a public university centered on students. Its academic programs, research, public service and creative endeavors enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond.
Learn more at www.nau.edu
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