YPF Migrates to Red Hat on Intel® Xeon® Processor-based Servers and Achieves Reduced Costs and Improved Performance


United States, June 23, 2009

Oil and gas leader in Argentina implemented Red Hat Enterprise Linux with integrated virtualization on Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers to improve performance and reduce costs

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that YPF SA, a leading oil and gas company in Argentina, has migrated from proprietary UNIX operating systems to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 with integrated virtualization technology on Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers for its YPF Gas business unit. With the Red Hat on Intel processor combination, YPF Gas' IT infrastructure has experienced reduced costs, boosted performance, increased scalability and agility and expanded flexibility.

YPF Gas faced the task of renovating its proprietary-based infrastructure with the aim of reducing IT costs. The company's IT team quickly determined that migrating off its legacy UNIX on RISC infrastructure to open source solutions would allow it to manage operations more efficiently and provide the opportunity for drastic cost reduction.

At YPF, decisions are made only after thorough testing and research, and the IT team had to prove the migration from the old proprietary servers to open and flexible platforms would pose no risk to the reliability, availability and performance of the systems, said Adriana Marisa Vazquez, responsible for the UNIX administration group at YPF. We also had to ensure that our SAP® and Oracle® solutions were fully supported and certified on the selected platform.

After careful research and testing, YPF selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 with integrated virtualization technology and Intel Xeon processor-based servers. We chose Red Hat Enterprise Linux for a number of reasons, especially its lower costs, simplified management and compatibility with our SAP and Oracle solutions, said Vazquez.

Today, more than 80 percent of YPF Gas' Oracle databases and 90 percent of its SAP applications run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Also leveraging Red Hat's virtualization capabilities, YPF Gas is now able to quickly virtualize servers for testing and development, and can rapidly push virtualized servers live into production, effectively increasing the utilization of servers without servers sprawling in data centers. In addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, YPF Gas also utilizes the Red Hat Network systems management solution and tapped the expertise of Red Hat Consulting during implementation.

Red Hat Network has allowed us to easily administer our platform in a centralized manner, and this allowed us to save time and further maximize our administrators' efficiency, said Vazquez. This ease of manageability, combined with the consistent expertise of Red Hat Consulting, has translated into us considering Red Hat as a technology partner instead of as a vendor.

The success that YPF Gas has achieved with Red Hat on Intel processor-based servers has allowed the company to roll out Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the standard solution of choice across its organization. Through the combination of Red Hat's virtualization capabilities and Intel's processor reliability and performance, YPF Gas achieved cost savings, heightened performance, simplification and ease of management, and expanded scalability.

Our systems have become more agile and flexible with the combination of Red Hat's virtualization technology and Intel's reliable platforms, said Vazquez. They are now more operationally efficient, and we still have the high performance our business demands, coupled with decreased costs.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating platform, based on the subscription model, has provided us with freedom from vendor lock-in. We trust Red Hat as a technology partner for the solid expertise of its IT consultants and support team, its knowledge of our business-critical concerns and its commitment to high-quality support and services. We look forward to growing together with Red Hat in the future, said Vazquez.

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