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Leading Financial Conglomerate in China Answers Expansion Needs with Red Hat

Ping An of China moves to Red Hat for stability, scalability, agility and cost efficiency

RALEIGH, N.C.

Beijing, China – September 12, 2013 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China (Ping An), a leading financial conglomerate in China, has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux to meet its expansion needs, supporting a growing portfolio of products to approximately 80 million customers.

Ping An is China’s first joint stock insurance company and it has developed into an integrated, compact, multi-functional financial services group. The company’s business requirements rapidly evolved from offering only insurance in its earlier days to today’s extended portfolio covering insurance, banking, investments, and other financial services. This expansion led to higher demand on the supporting IT platform and increased need for stability, scalability, agility, and cost efficiency.



Ping An’s goal was to migrate to a more stable and open platform that could better adapt to the various types of applications that run on banking, insurance, and investment securities systems. After carefully considering its requirements and the solutions available in the market, the insurance company chose a solution including industry standard servers running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.



“Stability is vital for insurance and financial systems. Any business interruption may cause us huge losses. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is recognized for its stability, with a support lifecycle of 10 years,” said Yi Li, deputy chief engineer, Ping An Technology.



Because of the new Red Hat solution, Ping An Technology is able to manage and adapt to growth while enjoying a greatly reduced failure rate. The solution is proven to be very stable; In past several years, Red Hat solution met and exceeded the most demanding internal IT quality and safety standards of Ping An, and the high availability of the solution has resulted in minimal downtime during past years.



In addition to deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the financial conglomerate also turned to Red Hat for training and certifications to equip Ping An’s IT administrators with the skills and expertise needed. By participating in Red Hat Training programs, they were able to quickly understand products, improve work efficiency, and reduce the costs of operation, maintenance, and management.



Red Hat Enterprise Linux runs on industry standard hardware, so Ping An’s overall hardware investment cost has been lowered. There are no additional product upgrade or maintenance fees, which also greatly reduces the overall system cost.



“By using Red Hat Enterprise Linux so extensively on our server infrastructure, the total cost per central processing unit (CPU) has been reduced by more than 60 percent when compared to minicomputer-based infrastructure,” said Li.



For the full case study, visit www.redhat.com/resourcelibrary/case-studies/ping-an-of-china-meets-expansion-needs-with-stable-scalable-red-hat-solutions.





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