November 21, 2005
Ohio Savings Bank's mortgage system -- which
processes hundreds of millions of dollars of transactions daily --
relies on an integrated Oracle Database 10g and Microsoft .NET
Founded in 1889, Ohio Savings Bank has grown from a savings and loan
with a single branch office in Cleveland and $20,000 in assets to one
of the nation's largest mortgage lenders. In 2004, the bank adopted an
Oracle Database 10g Grid computing infrastructure to improve its
information technology (IT) utilization and deliver a higher quality of
service. Ohio Savings Bank's Grid supports a number of mission-critical
systems including the heart and soul of its business -- a mortgage
wholesale and retail application transaction processing system.
Comprised of an Oracle Database and Microsoft middle-tier applications,
the bank's transaction heavy mortgage system manages the lifecycle of
loans from origination to funding. It is used by internal branches,
loan processing offices, and brokers that originate loans across
country and sell the loans to Ohio Savings Bank.
A three-node cluster using Oracle Real Application Clusters on
two-way HP ProLiant DL 380 servers with Intel Xeon processors running
Red Hat Enterprise Linux v. 3 powers Ohio Savings Bank's mortgage
system. This clustered Oracle Database is fully integrated with
Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 applications running on Windows.
A key component in the bank's integration of Oracle and Microsoft
environments is their use of Oracle Data Provider for .NET (ODP.NET), a
driver that delivers optimized data access to Oracle Database
functionality from a .NET environment. ODP.NET enables developers to
take advantage of advanced Oracle Database features, including Oracle
Real Application Clusters, Oracle XML DB, and advanced security
functionality, among many others. It enables the bank to easily and
flexibly use XML throughout its applications and interface and with
Oracle Database. ODP.NET can be used from any .NET language, including
C# and Visual Basic .NET.
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