Exadata Deployment for a leading tobacco manufacturer in India

Tech Stack

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The Client

The Client

Our customer is the biggest tobacco manufacturer in India. The company was originally established in London in 1844. It was the first UK company to mass-produce cigarettes.

They are the manufactures and sells cigarettes, smoking tobacco and cigars, a part of having a non-tobacco line of products released in 2009 that include confectionery.

The Objective

The client wanted a technology refresh from current Oracle Exadata X4-2 and Exadata 3-2 system to new and improved database machine – Oracle Exadata X8-2 server. It has been required by the customer to migrate all the databases running on the Exadata X3-2 and Exadata X4-2 and all its settings to Exadata X8-2 Machine.

The Objective

The Solution

  • Oracle Exadata X8-2 Machine initial Infrastructure review, planning of hostname, domain and subnet.
  • Working with Network Team Identify and block IP’s required for the migration activity.
  • Compare the size of the new Exadata X8-2 machine with capacity planning.
  • Reviewing all the cell nodes for planning and sizing of the cell disk, grid disk and ASM disk required for the Database VM’s.
  • Installation and configuration of the Exadata X8-2 machine based on OEDA report.
  • Validation of the VM creation and Installation of the Software.
  • Check and Validate the uplinks and network bonds and connection with the leaf switches.
  • Resizing the server mount points based upon the database requirements.
  • Configuration of server auditing and monitoring using rsys log and Oracle Enterprise Manager.
  • Planning and identifying the best approach to migrate the database to the new Oracle Exadata machine and preparing migration checklist and sharing with all the stake holders.
  • Migration of the Databases to new VM’s from old Exadata Machines.

The Outcome


Being the first one to implement and migrate Oracle Exadata X8 in India, it was certainly a challenge to meet customer expectations with tight implementation timelines. There was hardly any information available or documented on Oracle Support for product related bugs or issues. Despite this, SamaraTech DBA and Infra team completed project efficiently with all the proper measures and within defined timelines.

The client has more than a dozen mission critical business applications. These applications were deployed and running on Exadata and Exalogic machines with variety of databases, middleware, and web tier applications. However, this multitude brought with itself numerous product vendors and SamaraTech successfully performed and maintained cross-deployment, patches, upgrades, integration and maintained 99.999% availability