Talk America Dials Up Enterprise Grid Computing With Oracle(R)

Communications Provider Migrates to Oracle 10g

Jan 31, 2005, 00:00 ET from Oracle Corporation

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Seeking a strong
 information technology (IT) foundation to support its business, Talk America
 (Nasdaq:   TALK) has deployed an enterprise grid computing infrastructure with
 Oracle(R) (Nasdaq:   ORCL) 10g software at its core.  Talk America, a provider
 of phone service and high speed Internet access, is using Oracle Application
 Server 10g, Oracle Database 10g, Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g and Oracle Real
 Application Clusters 10g to develop a highly available, scalable and secure
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     After a thorough evaluation of data management and middle-tier
 infrastructure software from Oracle and others, Talk America decided to
 migrate to Oracle 10g.  Oracle offers the only complete, integrated software
 stack-Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Application Server 10g-engineered to work
 together to enable grid computing.
     "We were impressed by the integrated set of offerings," said Timothy
 Leonard, CIO, Talk America.  "There is no need to patch things together with
 Oracle 10g -- which was very appealing to us."
     Need for Increased Performance Steers Talk America to Oracle 10g, Grid
     Talk America is using Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Real Application
 Clusters 10g to help it increase the reliability of its business critical
 applications such as lead management, order processing, provisioning and
 customer billing.  Oracle's database clustering software enables Talk America
 to run their applications and to query large volumes of information more
 efficiently with virtually no interruption of service.  "In the past, the
 database has been a single point of failure," said Leonard.  "So we looked at
 the reliability and scalability offered by Oracle 10g and grid computing, and
 established that it fits our business strategy."
     Central to the company's technology infrastructure is Oracle Application
 Server 10g on Linux.  Talk America will utilize Oracle Application Server
 10g's J2EE capabilities to build and deploy custom Java applications in a grid
 environment.  The migration to Oracle Application Server 10g is currently
 underway and is expected to be complete in early 2005.  Once fully deployed,
 Oracle's comprehensive application platform suite will work with Oracle
 Database 10g to provide unparalleled performance, reliability and scalability
 for deploying Java-based applications.
     Oracle 10g enables Talk America to deploy an enterprise grid computing
 infrastructure to address its most significant business priorities.  Talk
 America's enterprise grid is expected to help it improve its application
 service levels, better manage its systems, and reduce the cost of its IT
     "Moving to a grid computing infrastructure using Oracle 10g software gives
 IT organizations greater flexibility and better alignment with business
 priorities," said Robert Shimp, vice president of Technology Marketing, Oracle
 Corporation.  "Grid computing can also improve reliability and it offers the
 ability to scale out system performance as needed over time."
     Oracle 10g Manageability Eases Demands on Administrators
     In addition to addressing IT issues such as availability and scalability
 with Oracle, Talk America is positioned to reduce the burden of administering
 and monitoring its database and middleware systems.  The Grid Control feature
 of Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g offers advanced application and service level
 monitoring, performance management and provisioning for Oracle environments.
 The Automatic Storage Management feature of Oracle Database 10g reduces the
 complexity associated with managing data and disks.  The ease of management of
 Oracle 10g, in conjunction with functionality of Oracle Grid Control, allows
 Talk America administrators to reduce time-consuming, repetitive
 administrative tasks, enabling them to concentrate on longer-term strategic
 issues over short-term fire drills.
     About Talk America
     Talk America is a leading competitive communications provider that offers
 phone services and high speed Internet access to both residential and business
 customers.  Talk America delivers value in the form of savings, simplicity and
 quality service to its customers through its leading- edge network and
 award-winning back office.  For further information, visit us online at: .
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