Aegea: Technology Update

In order to gain innovation, scalability, security and resilience, the adoption of a high performance database infrastructure is fundamental to the company's success.

Challenge:

TA partnership between Aegea and V8 Consulting started in the second half of 2017, when the company, one of the largest in the private basic sanitation segment in the country, conquered the market and needed an update in its technological environment to meet the increased demand. With the legal framework for sanitation in Brazil, signed in July 2020, the company's growth potential is even more significant - it approaches 130 service units - and the technological environment of the company Aegea it must be ready to respond quickly to an eventual market increase, without having a negative impact on operations.

THE V8 Consulting, right at the beginning of the work with Aegea, diagnosed critical points in the systems infrastructure: slowness in response time, hardware obsolescence, absence of redundancy - essential approach to avoid system interruptions with the unavailability of the main site - and, consequently, frequent unavailability of the server, especially in accounting closings monthly. It was also common for the environment to reach its full capacity at peak times, which caused the billing process to take hours to complete.
To account for the complexity of the operation of the Aegea, a V8 Consulting proposed an expansion of the IT infrastructure. The objective was to solve the gaps of the past and offer a more robust solution to support the company's strong growth.

Solution:

Based on the project prepared by V8 Consulting, the Aegea replaced the Exadata Cloud at Customer Gen1 by a processing platform Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8M-2 (Quarter Rack), with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, with high computational power. As a result, it was possible to improve the performance of the main activities of the operation, reducing the billing process time, which is the company's main routine, by five times. The effect of the efficiency of Aegea it was immediate and noticeable in all the municipalities served.

In addition to the performance, stability and security provided by the installation of the Oracle Exadata X8-M with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, the creation of contingency in Oracle Cloud allowed gain of resilience to the environment and increased the availability of data.

Processing
With the new projects and concessions, the company's data volume has increased exponentially, making the proper management of this information mandatory. With Oracle Exadata X8-M, time consumed by the billing process was reduced by five times, which significantly improved the service in the municipalities served. Another benefit was the optimization of resources, since the employees who followed the processing hours could be directed to more strategic activities.

 Innovation
The platform has the capacity to meet the company's growth in a concrete way. With the contingency in Oracle's public cloud, in addition to benefiting from the production environment replicated and secure on another site, numerous opportunities for technological innovation are opened, such as, for example, the use of Machine Learning, Analytics and Big Data , with the objective of further improving the operational efficiency of the Aegea.

It has been an incredible experience to support Aegea in the process of transforming the business through technology. Aegea is growing fast, so V8 guaranteed that it would have predictability of costs, scalability and continuity in delivering performance through the Oracle solution. This would not be possible without the alignment of two more great pillars of V8, which are the people and the strategic partnerships we have built. ”

Graci de Melo, Director of Sales, Marketing & Alliances
from V8 Consulting

“In addition to making our demands feasible, such as the modernization of the tool and the promise of optimized performance, we were also able to count on the V8 Consulting team to fight for values that fit our budget and adapt to the requirements of the boards. V8 Consulting, together with Oracle, sought the ideal solution for the project to be approved.
Currently, Aegea has V8 Consulting as a great partner. The work goes beyond providing equipment: with commitment, the team monitors our entire operation to ensure our best performance. ”

Eduardo Portes, IT Manager at Aegea

Results:

The architecture designed by V8 Consulting in conjunction with the Aegea team allowed us to circumvent the company's challenges and achieve consistent results. Strict in the need to meet the demand for data with speed, the consultancy suggested replacing the Exadata Cloud at Customer Gen1, with only 16 processing cores, with a 96-color Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8-2 (Quarter Rack) platform, that would allow to increase the processing capacity.

The migration to the new platform was carried out by the project team of V8 Consulting and, in a few weeks, the main environments were already being made possible with performance gains in the business units and in the processing of the company's billing.

The results were aggressive: in addition to a more dynamic performance of routines, there was an increase in operational efficiency during closings (billing) and greater resilience of the environment with the contingency in the public cloud. The adoption of unlimited licensing - proposed by V8 Consulting - unlike the static one - which was already used by Aegea - was also a differential for the performance of the municipality: it meets the demands of growth and new projects without requiring unforeseen investments, via acquisition other licenses.

 

“Intel is always innovating and working on developing new technologies and solutions. Our strategy is to foster the ecosystem with the best technologies on the market and that's what we did with Aegea, which had the support of V8 Consulting to define an architecture that would bring stability, speed and security to the company, attributes that are part of the pillars offered by Exadata X8M technology with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, collaboration that delivers incredible results for businesses.”

Francine Gaeski, Intel partner manager

Aegea, as the largest private sanitation company in Brazil, has a fundamental role in improving people's health and quality of life. Its digitization trajectory is intertwined with the history of modernization of the utilities market and that is why Oracle is proud to support this journey, starting back with a database, Oracle Database Appliance and now with the private cloud infrastructure composed of Private Cloud Appliance and Exadata X8M.

José Eduardo Braz Ferreira, sales VP of Converged Infrastructure at Orac

About Aegea:

Aegea is one of the largest private sector sanitation companies in the country. Created in 2010, it is present in 12 Brazilian states with 38.2% of the private basic sanitation market, serving 8.9 million people in the country. The company operates in the management of sanitation assets, through full or partial concessions and public-private partnerships (PPPs), as administrator of public concessions in the entire process of the entire water cycle - supply, collection and treatment of sewage.

All projects developed by Aegea rely on cutting-edge technology and systems that are always up-to-date to accompany the development of the municipalities, regardless of their size. In addition, concerned with the improvement of the sector and its teams, the company created the Aegea Academy, a training program that encourages professional qualification, research and the production of academic materials related to sanitation management.

Aegea's solidity and dynamism make it possible to develop tailored sanitation solutions for municipalities, always seeking care for the environment and, especially, for the quality of life of the population.

Website: http://aegea.com.br/

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