Swisscom IT Services Relies on Red Hat Infrastructure for Simply Managed Linux (SIMLUX)


United States, August 14, 2007

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Application Server create ideal combination for SAP and other business-critical applications

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Swisscom IT Services, a subsidiary of the biggest Swiss telecommunications provider, is relying on the full suite of Red Hat solutions for its standardized Linux infrastructure. Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Cluster Suite, JBoss Enterprise Platform and additional Red Hat technologies are currently used by Swisscom IT Services as the platform for its "Simply Managed Linux" (SIMLUX) infrastructure, the highly flexible and effective infrastructure for the company's data centres. Using SIMLUX, Swisscom supplies outsourcing services to more than 50 customers.

"We compared Red Hat and Novell solutions when searching for the best platform for SIMLUX," said Bertrand Dafflon, Head of Linux and Middleware Engineering at Swisscom IT Services. "Red Hat's open source strategy and focus on the reliability of its software tipped the scale in favor of Red Hat solutions. Also, our clients depend on the SAP installation in our Linux environment and with SAP's certification on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, no alternative could really be seriously considered."

"Xen-based virtualization is a good example of a feature that other vendors released prematurely without being able to provide the necessary stability and integration," said Thomas von Steiger, System Engineer for Swisscom IT Services."We, to the contrary, want to optimize our hardware utilization without endangering the reliability for our customers. Red Hat's virtualization solution makes this possible."

SIMLUX is a flexible IT infrastructure that Swisscom IT Services centrally manages using Red Hat Satellite Server on IBM blade servers. Swisscom IT Services has assigned data storage and the operating systems to a Storage Area Network (SAN) and enables the diskless blade servers to boot directly from the SAN, ensuring reliability and hardware independence. All software is installed in the RPM-format, developed by Red Hat, allowing Swisscom IT Services to set up a new website, application or database server in less than 30 minutes.

Currently Swisscom IT Services runs approximately 70 SAP, 40 Oracle, 90 Web and 100 application servers within the SIMLUX environment. The IT service provider also uses Red Hat Cluster Suite as a basis for 20 cluster nodes. Swisscom is now working on a SIMLUX extension, building a cluster of JBoss application servers in virtual machines on Red Hat Enterprise Linux so that systems are provisioned as virtual machines. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Application Server enable architectures in a virtual infrastructure at an attractive price.

"The acquisition of JBoss by Red Hat was a stroke of luck for us," said Dafflon. "This way we profit from the same outstanding price-performance ratio at the middleware layer as well as on the operating system level."

"Customers like Swisscom IT Services provide magnificent proof that our long-term focus on reliability and manageability of our solutions pays off," says Werner Knoblich, vice president and general manager EMEA at Red Hat. "We are very pleased that our solutions meet Swisscom IT Services' tough criteria in choosing its IT platform and that we can support the company in its continuing expansion of the SIMLUX-platform."

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