Red Hat Solutions Deliver Performance and Cost Savings for CQUniversity


United States, January 26, 2009

Australian University carves out costs and improves stability with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Network Satellite

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that CQUniversity, an Australian university with ten campuses and more than 21,00 students and staff, has migrated its critical IT systems to Red Hat solutions. CQUniversity implemented Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite and has since realized significant cost savings, increased performance, ease of management and reliable, ongoing support.

CQUniversity offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on-campus and through distance education. The University relies heavily on the reliability and stability of its IT environment on a daily basis. Its technology powers critical finance, human resources and student-administration systems. With campuses and students located across various time zones, CQUniversity requires an infrastructure that supports standard operation at all hours of the day.

For a number of years, the University serviced its student body and faculty with an extensive HP Tru64 UNIX deployment. As the University continued to expand and demand more from its technology infrastructure, its IT department knew it was quickly outgrowing its existing IT system and needed a reliable alternative.

"We knew the time was coming for a change, particularly when we knew we would need more than eight CPUs for a single database server," said Bruce Young, PeopleSoft systems engineer at CQUniversity. "HP Tru64 UNIX was a discontinued product, and we didn't have unlimited funds to throw at the problem, so we were forced to look at more cost-effective alternatives for expanding our capacity."

In late 2006, CQUniversity's IT team decided that from both a hardware and software perspective, Red Hat Enterprise Linux was its operating system of choice. "We looked at a few different configurations, including Solaris on Sun T2000 servers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Dell, but it was quite obvious that the HP Blade Servers together with Red Hat Enterprise Linux provided a winning combination that met our needs," said Young.

Today, CQUniversity runs 12 HP Blade Servers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its databases. Ten additional Blades run CQUniversity's middleware solutions to support its applications. "Already, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has proven to be a fundamental component of our infrastructure, and while we're running more environments than before, we're running them a lot faster," said Young.

The University has also extended Red Hat Enterprise Linux to its research students and staff, using Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite, Red Hat's reliable systems management solution, to efficiently manage its IT deployment and keep it updated without additional, costly resources. RHN Satellite offers a centralized management tool that enables users to manage server systems more efficiently. With RHN Satellite, CQUniversity has been able to reallocate resources to focus on proactive, high-value roles, instead of reactively maintaining complex systems and lifecycles.

Since putting its production systems into operation in April 2007, CQUniversity has completed the initial stage of its migration. To date, the University has realized immediate savings of approximately $100,000 when compared to Solaris on Sun T2000 servers. In addition to carving out costs, CQUniversity has experienced a boost in server performance, which has increased by between 20 and 30 percent, and enjoyed an easy-to-deploy solution.

"We're definitely impressed with the initial cost savings and the boost to server performance, and we also expect further long-term savings on licensing costs," said Young. "The reality is that for our budget, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has enabled us to do what we set out to complete. With Red Hat solutions, we didn't have to resort to a poor band-aid job, as would have happened if we had chosen a proprietary solution."

For the future, CQUniversity has plans to transition additional systems to its new Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

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