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FAIR Health Selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Hybrid Columnar Compression Helps Achieve 14x Reduction in Storage

REDWOOD SHORES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 -- Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL)

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  • FAIR Health, an independent not-for-profit corporation dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and out-of-network reimbursement, has selected the Oracle Exadata Database Machine with a cluster of Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliances for backup to support its database of more than 15 billion claims. An additional Sun ZFS Storage Appliance supports remote disaster recovery and development.
  • FAIR Health's data are used by multiple stakeholders in health insurance, including insurance carriers, third party administrators, healthcare providers, employers, researchers and consumers to process claims, inform pricing models, offer cost transparency and to understand geographic variation in cost and utilization.
  • FAIR Health sought a solution to streamline performance and eliminate the storage bottlenecks in its existing environment.
  • With Oracle Exadata, FAIR Health tested its existing code and achieved significant performance improvements, including a 5x reduction in claims processing time(1) and a 10x faster average performance improvement in applying complex statistical methodologies(2).
  • Using Oracle Exadata's Hybrid Columnar Compression technology combined with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, FAIR Health achieved an average of 14x reduction in physical storage space for its primary Oracle Database storage, database backups, and disaster recovery site.
  • The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance's direct InfiniBand connection to the Oracle Exadata and its high-throughput design enables FAIR Health to reduce their backup windows and increase resources available for production workloads.
  • FAIR Health also uses the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance's snapshot and replication capabilities to replicate compressed data to a third remote Sun ZFS Storage Appliance at its disaster recovery location where clones of the Hybrid Columnar Compressed data are used to develop proof-of-concepts for new application functionality.
  • With the increased performance and capacity delivered by the Oracle Exadata and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance solution, FAIR Health will be able to reallocate resources to focus on product development and enhancement, including its expanded custom analytics capability.

Supporting Resources

(1) Oracle Exadata improvement on Upstate Health Research Network Variance Analysis.
(2) Oracle Exadata improvement in product creation when applying statistical methodologies to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System product.

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