Rapidly Growing Cooking Studio in Japan Chooses Red Hat for IT Flexibility


Japan, Global, November 10, 2013

ABC Cooking Studio builds flexible IT infrastructure with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Tokyo, Japan –  November 11, 2013 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that ABC Cooking Studio, a rapidly expanding chain of cooking schools in Japan, has chosen Red Hat solutions to virtualize on a flexible IT infrastructure to scale their business and reduce deployment time of new systems by more than 65%.

With 124 cooking schools currently open in Japan, ABC Cooking Studio is growing its business both in scope and geography. Supporting its growth with its existing Windows-based IT infrastructure was costly and time-consuming, and the expansion required a fresh look at the company’s existing infrastructure to see how new systems could be developed differently for better efficiency.

“If we did things the old way, the new system would not be ready in time,” said Shigetoshi Nakamura, Information Systems Group, ABC Cooking Studio. “We have to create web services as we go along; and we let under-performing services die off so we can focus even more on the more promising ones. What we needed was an IT system that could cope with our 'scrap and build' approach.”

ABC Cooking Studio had been using Windows-based servers, but Linux®  platform technology attracted them because of its compatibility with current technology practices and easy availability of software. The studio switched to Linux in 2009 and embarked on server virtualization in a Linux environment in October 2011 when they started using the beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0. While the company waited for the official release in January 2012, it began a full-scale replacement of its Windows software and completed the first stage of its process over the next six months.

The studio's current virtual environment has 12 virtual machines per server running across a total of five physical servers. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization-based virtual environment comprises of 60 operating systems, and plans to raise this server consolidation ratio even higher in the future.

ABC Cooking Studio also deploys Red Hat JBoss¨ Enterprise Application Platform as a component of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Because of its success with Red Hat’s Linux, middleware, and virtualization offerings, the company intends to deploy more Red Hat software in the future.
“We have high hopes for upcoming versions of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Storage Server,” said Nakamura. “We will look into those products with keen interest and definitely want to participate in Red Hat user groups so that we can best assess if the products meet our needs prior to purchase.”

For the full case study, visit http://www.redhat.com/resourcelibrary/case-studies/abc-cooking-studio-builds-flexible-it-infrastructure-red-hat-enterprise-virtualization

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