Leading Mexican Transportation Company Cuts Costs and Increases ROI with Migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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October 19, 2012

Internacional de Contenedores Asociados de Veracruz (ICAVE) sought to migrate an internal application, CTS, from Sun Solaris to Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® in order to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase flexibility.

Customer: Internacional de Contenedores Asociados de Veracruz

“We chose Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its high reliability, performance, support, popularity and portability.” Rafel Reta Rodríguez, head of infrastructure, ICAVE

Industry: Transportation
Geography: LATAM
Country: Mexico


Business Challenge:

Internacional de Contenedores Asociados de Veracruz (ICAVE) sought to migrate an internal application, CTS, from Sun Solaris to Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® in order to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase flexibility.

Migration Path:

Sun Solaris to Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®

Software:

Red Hat ® Enterprise Linux®, Red Hat Cluster Suite

Hardware:

2 Dell PowerEdge servers, 2 Intel Xeon processors (32-bit), 2.93 GHz, 4 nodes (2 per server)

Benefits:

The migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux eliminated vendor lock-in, reduced total cost of ownership, reduced costs by 66%, increased compatibility with internal applications and increased flexibility.

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Background:

About ICAVE Internacional de Contenedores Asociados de Veracruz (ICAVE) is a specialized container terminal (TEC) performing the loading and unloading of containers carried by land and sea. Acquired by Hutchinson Port Holdings (HPH), ICAVE is a transshipment company operatingin the Port of Veracruz. HPH specializes in port investment, development and operation with interests in 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the United States and Australia. It currently operates 300 berths in over 49 ports around the world. Like many other transportation services, ICAVE operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in order to serve ships, trucks and trains fast and effectively.

Business Challenge:

Innovation limited by proprietary barrier

In 1998, in order to better serve its customers, ICAVE developed an in-house application, CTS, for monitoring business operations. The application ran on a 2-nodecluster of Sun Solaris for ten years. However, ICAVE faced several proprietary barriers that inhibited its ability to operate CTS. The high equipment and software costs, difficulty in finding qualified and experienced personnel, and difficulty in accessing spare parts made it hard for ICAVE to carry out its mission critical operations.

“In our business, time equates with both money and prestige,” said Rafel Reta Rodríguez, head of infrastructure at ICAVE. “If we fail to adequately serve our client, the transportation chain becomes unreliable, generating unnecessary costs that finally impact on all of our consumers.”

Solution:

Open source solution proved compatible

In an effort to find a standard solution that was flexible and compatible with ICAVE’s CTS system, ICAVE evaluated Red Hat support via HP and IBM before deciding to migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux after it verified that it was compatible on all of its current hardware.

“Although solutions from other vendors such as HP and IBM were analyzed, Red Hat’s experience in the company, its public recognition and support gave it quite a competitive edge,” said Rodriguez. “We chose Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its high reliability, performance, support, popularity and portability.”

Since 2004, ICAVE has been running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on 2 Dell PowerEdge servers with 24 GB RAM each and 2 Intel Xeon processors with 2.93Mhz and 500GB of internal disk space, sharing an EMC CX4 disk array with 3.5TB of disk space, interconnected through 2 Brocade fiber switches.

The solution also includes a Dell PowerEdge backup server with 16GB RAM, 1 TB of internal hard disk interconnected with a disk array, a local replica server in a building near the port interconnected by means of optic fiber and another remote replica in a terminal of the same group in Ensenada BCS.

Benefits:

Reduce TCO, increase reliability and realize higher availability

Since its migration from Sun Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, ICAVE has eliminated proprietary vendor lock-in, reduced costs and experienced higher availability and better support. The total cost of ownership for ICAVE has been reduced 66% by eliminating licensing costs.

“Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides us with the reliability required to ensure a continuous operation and allows us to have a lower cost of ownership,” said Rodriguez. “Red Hat solutions have had a highly positive impact on IT service quality at ICAVE.”

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