Regent Insurance dives into Linux

By   |  October 27, 2005

Regent Insurance Company, a short term insurer, has migrated its existing Sun-based systems to an Intel/Linux solution with the help of Linux providers Synaq.

Synaq\’s Yossi Hasson says Regent decided to migrate its central database application, which runs on Oracle 8, from a Sun architecture to a Linux architecture because of performance challenges on its previous platform.

\”Regent has experienced significant growth and the main server began to take strain when its 190 or so agents simultaneously logged into the solution,\” says Hasson.

\”An upgrade on the server would have been costly and so Regent evaluated the solution on a Microsoft environment using Intel architecture. Although the solution increased performance, Regent preferred Linux.\”

\”We installed RHEL AS2.1 Linux with Oracle 8, configured the solution and moved the company\’s old database across and implemented the solution,\” says Hasson.

On Linux the performance increase was significant, increasing from the original limitations of 150 concurrent connections to more than 220+ connections without bottlenecks.

By switching to the Intel-based backend Regent more than halved the costs of the system and by switching to Oracle on Linux they gained from a performance of around 46 percent, says Hasson.

Marrying an older version of Oracle (8.17) with an older Red Hat Linux (AS2.1) did pose several challenges however. \”We conducted some extremely low level debugging and diagnostics to come up with the solution. In the end we fulfilled the primary requirement of ensuring that Oracle 8 worked natively on Linux in conjunction with Regent Insurance’s in-house insurance software application written by Websoft Maven,\” says Hasson.

Craig Grasko, IT manager at Regent Insurance, says Synaq provided the high level Linux experience required to design and configure the system correctly.

\”We have now decided to migrate the entire solution to Linux running with Oracle 10g. We will also install RHEL AS4.0 and Oracle 10g. This will definitely result in even greater performance and will provide us with greater flexibility to expand,\” says Grasko.

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