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vAudit Relies on Oracle(r) 10g to Power Tax Compliance Hosted Portal Services


Fast Growing Small Business Manages Current Demand, Prepares for Future Demand with Oracle Infrastructure Software

REDWOOD SHORES, CALIF. 20-SEP-2006 vAudit, a leading provider of tax compliance software and services, uses Oracle(r) 10g infrastructure software as the backbone for its customer-facing Web applications to create a highly flexible, reliable and cost-effective IT platform for supporting its sales and availability of its tax compliance Web-hosted portal.

Headquartered in San Diego, vAudit hosts an online solution for corporate tax departments to streamline the traditionally time-consuming and laborious requirement of reporting sales and use tax across multiple jurisdictions. Given the critical and sensitive nature of their business, vAudit required a fast, secure infrastructure foundation that enabled 24x7 availability to support the company’s core business processes including exemption certificate management and administration, jurisdictional filing, and tracking and updating sales and use tax rates. vAudit deployed Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition, Oracle Real Application Clusters, and Oracle Application Server 10g Standard Edition One to deliver a fault-tolerant, scalable infrastructure for its applications. Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition includes Oracle Real Application Clusters as a zero-cost feature.

“Oracle delivers the performance and reliability that we need to meet our customer demands,” said Ben Connors, CEO, vAudit. “As a fast growing small business we needed an affordable and reliable infrastructure to assure our customers that their tax information is securely managed and that our service is available to them as needed.”

Clustering Enables Cost-Effective Scale Out of IT Infrastructure
To meet current customer service level agreements, vAudit relies on Oracle Real Application Clusters to deliver higher levels of system performance and uptime. vAudit’s system is capable of servicing spikes in demand, and should a server in their cluster fail, the database continues running on the remaining server. For example, one vAudit customer was able to add 30,000 new users per year without a delay in service or a reduction in performance.

vAudit is also prepared for future growth and can scale out servers incrementally at low cost as business demands increase. Furthermore, by deploying its Oracle infrastructure software on x86 servers running Linux, vAudit has benefited from the significant cost savings associated with relying on an open source platform and low-cost, industry standard hardware.

Oracle Application Server 10g Makes it Possible
Using Oracle Application Server 10g Standard Edition, a key component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, vAudit can rapidly deploy application changes to enhance their hosted solutions as requirements evolve. As a result, customers can continuously access important tax information easily and quickly. vAudit provides customers with a unified and secure point of access to critical tax information, which enables improved business visibility and collaboration, while helping to reduce costs and risks of tax compliance issues.

“We have a fast, reliable and scalable infrastructure, and Oracle also provides us with a rapid application development platform to enhance our hosted application as requirements evolve,” added Connors.

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