NH Hoteles Selects Red Hat and JBoss Solutions for Its Business-Critical Web Portal


United States, October 6, 2008

European business hotel chain experiences increased system stability and platform availability

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that NH Hoteles, a well-known European business hotel chain with 350 locations across 21 countries, has launched its business-critical web platform based on a combination of Red Hat and JBoss solutions. The NH Hoteles platform was developed using JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Operations Network.

The NH Hoteles web platform, including its corporate website, a hotel search engine and its online booking system, is a fundamental element of the company's business that is critical to enabling online sales. In 2006, its portal received approximately 17 million visitors, and in 2007, the number of site visitors increased to over 22 million. When the web platform began experiencing problems related to stability and performance, the company began to explore possible solutions that could help ease its challenges. The series of criteria necessary for a new platform solution included heightened performance, scalability, standardization, support, monitoring and procedures.

After assessing various options, including other proprietary application servers, NH Hoteles selected the solution proposed by Oxxigeno Networks S.L., a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner, based on JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With Oxxigeno Networks S.L.'s help, NH Hoteles completed its web-portal migration project spanning the operating system, application server, web servers, applications and the subsequent platform operation management.

"After implementing Red Hat solutions, we benefited from a reliable technology infrastructure that was fault-tolerant, robust, supported by open technology and standards-based. The implementation of Red Hat solutions was a success and has exceeded the objectives we defined at the beginning of the project," said Ricardo Mardomingo, IT manager of NH Hoteles. "We experienced an impressive increase in system stability with improved platform availability that reached 100 percent after migration."

Due to the management capacity of the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform through JBoss Operations Network, NH Hoteles has also experienced greater control of its current architecture. The solution has provided ease-of-use and scalability, and has led the company to consider the suitability of implementing additional Red Hat solutions throughout the rest of its information systems.

"The continuous increase in our online sales made through the web means the priority of the corporate IT department must be to seek maximum availability and performance of the technology platform. Red Hat solutions have proven to exceed expectations for the current and future needs of our platform," said Mardomingo.

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