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Acuity Brands Grows with Scalable Technologies from Dell, Oracle and Red Hat

Acuity Lighting Group Saves Time, Money With Dell Servers, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, Oracle9i Real Application Clusters and the Oracle® E-Business Suite

RALEIGH, N.C.

TM PowerEdgeTM servers running Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters and the Oracle E-Business Suite on the Red Hat Linux Advanced Server operating system to deliver a highly available, scalable, high-performance solution to address its corporate growth. In addition, the platform was selected based on its ability to help automate the company's internal processes, unify its databases and increase access to data across the enterprise.



 

"We were looking for a simple, cost effective solution to provide us with flexible and continuous access to the mission-critical databases and applications that support our human resources and manufacturing departments," said Jeffrey Kernan, chief operating officer of Acuity Lighting Group. "The Oracle9i Real Application Cluster certified configurations from Dell running Red Hat Linux Advanced Server have provided a solid, secure and cost-effective environment for this data."

The new Dell-Oracle-Red Hat platform with components of the Oracle E-Business Suite currently supports more than 1,500 concurrent users at ALG and over one terabyte of data. The company transitioned its single-node solutions to Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters platform on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server to meet their mission-critical requirements for increased platform scalability, flexibility and the cost-effectiveness of standards-based technologies.

The platform is comprised of Dell 4- and 8-way PowerEdge servers and Dell | EMC storage systems running Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters and the Oracle E-Business Suite on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

"Deployments such as ALG's are indicative of the increase in interest we are seeing from corporate customers for Dell-Oracle-Red Hat enterprise solutions," said Linda Hargrove, vice president of worldwide marketing in Dell's Enterprise Systems Group. "Fortune 500 companies are ready to capitalize on the dramatic price and performance benefits Dell can provide in the data center through the efficiency of our business model combined with the strength of our partnerships for these solutions."

"Linux-based Oracle9i Real Application Clusters provided Acuity Lighting Group with a low cost, scalable, and high available platform necessary to handle increasing data and users, said Rene Bonvanie, vice president of Oracle9i Marketing, from Oracle. "This 'Unbreakable Linux' platform will enable ALG to quickly process complex manufacturing orders and provide virtually unlimited availability on their Oracle Human Resource and Oracle Financial applications."

"Enterprise customers are realizing the incredible value, reliability, and performance the Red Hat Linux Advanced Server platform is able to deliver in concert with Oracle and Dell," said Mike Evans, vice president of Business Development at Red Hat. "ALG's rapid migration to the Red Hat Linux Advanced Server platform is a great impetus to others looking for an alternative to proprietary operating system solutions."

About Dell

Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq: DELL) is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. The company's revenue for the past four quarters totaled $32.1 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.

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About Oracle

Oracle is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at www.oracle.com.

 

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com

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