Red Hat Gives Denkavit's Web ApplicationsAdded Bite

Oracle Openworld

United States, October 25, 2006

Major European animal food manufacturer first to implement Oracle EnterpriseOne running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that Denkavit Groep, a leading European animal food manufacturer in the Netherlands, has implemented Oracle EnterpriseOne ERP suite running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux across its IT systems. With this migration of key business-critical services, Denkavit is the first European implementation of Oracle EnterpriseOne on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Denkavit's goal was to create a completely web-based system that links its business processes to those of its many suppliers, customers and partners, and handles extremely high volume of transactions. The migration to Oracle EnterpriseOne running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes some of Denkavit's most important data and custom-built applications, which enable the company to track and trace the raw materials used in their feeds. It is vital for Denkavit to be meticulous in their record-keeping and able to demonstrate exactly where its materials originate, how they have been transported and where they have been stored.

"Choosing Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Intel provided our organization with the flexibility to make significant modifications at the operating system level. It gives us full control over aspects like processor priority and performance. Red Hat's operating system conveniently splits out processes, while also optimizing compute time for some of our more 'exotic' processes, greatly enhancing performance," said Frank van den Hout, Systems and Network Administrator, Denkavit Nederland. "Not only does Red Hat provide rock-solid stability and enhanced ease-of-use for our most business-critical systems, but it has really enabled us to reduce costs. Compared to the other solutions that were under consideration, the choice of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based solution will - overall - be less expensive by a factor of four."

The manufacturing company implemented a solution that is a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, a UDB database and Oracle EnterpriseOne, running on four multiway Intel Xeon-powered HP servers - three HP DL380 servers and one HP DL580 server. Denkavit's previous IT systems were custom-built solutions, programmed in Rally and Cobol and running on HP Alpha servers, making ongoing support increasingly difficult due to the limited number of skilled IT staff.

"As Denkavit's business has grown, so has the need for a flexible, customizable and scalable platform for its core web applications," said Werner Knoblich, Vice President of EMEA, Red Hat. "Throughout the whole migration, the primary objective was to build a standardized, easy-to-manage system that maintained all current functionality, safeguarded the continuity of all processes and ensured a flexible, future-proof IT environment. By running Oracle EnterpriseOne on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Denkavit has implemented an enterprise-ready solution backed by the full support and maintenance from Red Hat Network that can scale across its European operations. We're delighted to have worked with Oracle and Denkavit on this landmark deployment."

After completing the Dutch migration at Denkavit in April 2007, the next phase of the project will include rolling out the new system to the German, Italian, and French offices at the end of 2007.

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About Denkavit Groep

Since 1929, Denkavit has specialised in the development and production of high-grade feeds, particularly for animals in the first phase of the rearing period. The Denkavit Group is the leading partner for livestock farmers and the compound feed industry in the Netherlands and abroad.

Denkavit products are developed and produced on the basis of the results of extensive research in laboratories and in the field (on our own trial farms). This means that they meet the highest quality requirements that apply to feeds for young animals.

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