One of the things that is important for CBOE Holdings as it continues to grow is ensuring that it can optimize its IT hardware and deployment platform for its core Java applications.
“Everything we do is Java, so we depend on the Java Virtual Machine that comes from Oracle,” says
O’Connell. CBOE Holdings leverages its expertise in Java across all of its applications and has been at the forefront of providing feedback to Sun—and now to Oracle—on how to deploy and run high-performance Java.
In the end, CBOE Holdings’ business performance depends entirely on its I T infrastructure. And CBOE
Holdings’ I T infrastructure is built on Oracle hardware and software. From O’Connell’s perspective, that’s a
pretty solid foundation.
“We have a very good relationship with Oracle,” says O’Connell. “We’re actually very close with Oracle,
and to have Oracle in control of more of the software stack and having a single point of contact is a very good
thing for us.”
Virtualization, Clustering, and the Cloud
When it comes to scalability,
whether it’s up, out, or in
the cloud, organizations are
turning to x86-based servers
for their clustering, virtualization, and cloud computing
Virtualization allows differ-
ent applications to share a single
piece of hardware. Clustering
allows organizations to bring mul-
tiple individual hardware servers
together to have them act as a
idea; it was
—Gerald O’Connell, Executive
Vice President and CIO,
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