German Home Savings and Loan Association Relies on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5


United States, August 4, 2008

Vereinsbank Victoria Bauspar AG utilizes SEP sesam and Red Hat solutions to provide reliable data protection, easy maintenance and administration

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Vereinsbank Victoria Bauspar AG (VVB), a German private home savings and loan association, has implemented SEP sesam running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to maintain its backup and recovery solution for all database applications in its two parallel data centers. The high-performance solution enhances data transfer rates, speeding the resolution of backups while reducing maintenance and administration efforts.

VVB previously utilized two parallel backup systems that were forced to grow with internal demand over the course of several years. As a result of the system growth, the maintenance and monitoring of the back-up and recovery process became expensive and cumbersome. It required a secure backup and recovery solution that had the flexibility to operate with a heterogeneous database and server environment. It also needed to follow specific internal and external audit specifications that could be regularly monitored.

Following a comprehensive evaluation of available solutions, VVB selected SEP sesam on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to save and protect its decentralized databases. The combination of SEP sesam and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 offered an affordable, flexible solution that gave VVB the ability to benefit from the reliable updates offered through Red Hat's subscription model. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and SEP sesam enable VVB to back up all of its local systems and databases running in both of the company's data centers.

Today, the backup and recovery solution provides close to full automation of the backup process for VVB's data, allowing for reallocation of the company's internal resources. In addition, the solution eliminated VVB's doubled maintenance and backup tasks required by the company's isolated applications. With its SEP and Red Hat-based backup and recovery system, VVB can now also more easily save and protect its heterogeneous database and server environment as required by regulatory guidelines. The solution additionally provides scalability for future growth with a storage capacity of 96 terabytes of the 120 slot tape library with 3 LTO drives.

"SEP sesam on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 enables us to reliably save and back up even our most sensitive data. With the reliability inherent in the solution, we are now prepared for any type of emergency. We also specifically benefit from the solution's automatic backup, enabling us to monitor current status at a glance. The solution integrates seamlessly with our existing, varied system environment and is very cost-effective," said Karl Bach, systems administrator at Vereinsbank Victoria Bauspar AG.

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About Vereinsbank Victoria Bauspar AG:

Vereinsbank Victoria Bauspar AG is a private home savings and loan association in Germany. The company is a subsidiary of the HypoVereinsbank (HVB) Group and the ERGO insurance group. VVB operates in a performance-driven one-stop financial services group and complements the portfolio with real estate and asset accumulation products.

About SEP:

SEP, headquartered in Weyarn near Munich, specialises in storage management and network-wide data security and availability solutions. With SAP sesam for Linux, Unix and Windows, SEP offers vendor-independent and reliable data availability software. More information

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Red Hat, the world's leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 50 satellite offices spanning the globe. CIOs have ranked Red Hat first for value in Enterprise Software for four consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more:

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