SIA Selects Red Hat Technologies for its Advanced E-payment Systems

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July 2, 2014

SIA has chosen Red Hat’s operating system and virtualization platform to support a number of its mission-critical systems and to reach a higher operational efficiency with significant business benefits.

Customer: SIA

"In Red Hat, we have found a partner capable of working with us and supporting us on all our technology requirements, while also being open to discussion and always ready to collaborate." - Fabio Grignani, senior vice president, SIA

Geography: EMEA
Country: Italy


Business Challenge:

During 2013, thanks to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, a project has been started to migrate from a proprietary technology to an Intel x86-based platform.

Hardware:

Intel x86 servers

Benefits:

SIA has experienced a reduction of up to 270% in the time needed to process transactions.

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Background:

SIA, European leader in the design, creation and management of technology infrastructures and services for Financial and Central Institutions, Corporate and Public Administration bodies has chosen Red Hat’s operating system and virtualization platform to support a number of its mission-critical systems and to reach a higher operational efficiency with significant business benefits. In 2013, SIA managed 2.7 billion card payments and 2.2 billion credit transfers and collections, 28.6 billion trading and post-trading transactions, and carried 293.3 terabytes of data on the network. The group is made up of seven companies: the parent SIA, the Italian companies Emmecom (innovative network applications for banks and businesses), Pi4Pay (services for Payment Institutions), RA Computer (treasury solutions for banks, businesses and P.A.), and TSP (payment collection services for companies and P.A.), Perago (infrastructures for central banks) in South Africa and SIA Central Europe in Hungary. With approximately 1,500 employees, the Group ended 2013 with total revenues of 380.3 billion Euros.

Business Challenge:

Mission-critical technologies and services

Among the main innovation initiatives developed in recent years, there has been a gradual evolution towards open source systems: specifically, SIA decided to adopt Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® and Red Hat Satellite, on which approximately 200 physical servers and 400 virtual servers currently operate.

Solution:

Choosing open standards: Virtualizing the database

During 2013, thanks to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, a project has been started to migrate from a proprietary technology to an Intel x86-based platform. This infrastructure is dedicated to the delivery of database services. This has optimized operations and management using standard technologies and avoiding any possible form of lock in.

The migration to new virtual systems is still in progress, but it has already generated a number of tangible results, such as a performance increase. In some cases, SIA has experienced a reduction of up to 270% in the time needed to process transactions. This is a significant reduction in the amount of time needed, compared to previous measurements conducted on physical systems. This adds to the increased flexibility and general simplification of operations, and has brought cost reduction to SIA.

Benefits:

A solid partnership

”In Red Hat, we have found a partner capable of working with us and supporting us on all our technology requirements, while also being open to discussion and always ready to collaborate. Reliability and system performance are absolutely critical for us. The fact that we can rely on advanced technologies, combined with top-quality services, represents a distinct business advantage,” said Fabio Grignani, senior vice president of SIA.

Increased performance

The adoption of this new virtual infrastructure has also strengthened SIA’s competitiveness in the market, allowing the company to handle a large increase in the volume of transactions operated by these systems.

Target cloud

As part of the extensive collaboration with Red Hat, SIA has also implemented Red Hat JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform for the development of specific applications and services and is currently evaluating Red Hat CloudForms and the possibility of creating a cloud infrastructure.

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