Leading Web Content Management Provider eZ Systems Brings Award-Winning Platform to the Cloud with Ixonos Elastic Cloud Running on Red Hat

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June 28, 2012

The leading web content management (WCM) and customer experience management (CXM) provider eZ Systems expanded its offering to customers with a flexible, reliable, and comprehensive hybrid cloud solution for its award-winning open source web management platform, eZ Publish.

Customer: eZ Systems

“For eZ Systems, the Red Hat open hybrid cloud approach allows creative freedom for our partners and customers to use our software in whichever respect they choose.” -Gabriele Viebach, CEO, eZ Systems

Geography: EMEA
Country: Norway


Business Challenge:

The leading web content management (WCM) and customer experience management (CXM) provider eZ Systems expanded its offering to customers with a flexible, reliable, and comprehensive hybrid cloud solution for its award-winning open source web management platform, eZ Publish.

Software:

Ixonos Elastic Cloud (a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)), Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Enterprise Web Server

Benefits:

Through extensive industry research, eZ Systems chose the Ixonos Elastic CloudTM, the first Red Hat certified cloud in Northern Europe, for the project.

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Background:

eZ Systems is the globally recognized commercial open source software provider. Our leading and innovative approach takes your enterprise platform beyond content management (CMS) into creating a true digital experience with systematic optimization capabilities. The eZ Publish platform sets new standards for digital lifecycle management, including recommendations and smart web analytics functionality, coupled with an application market place of certified extensions. Thousands of organizations worldwide benefit from optimized and intelligent multi-channel communications solutions. eZ’s client base includes small, medium and large enterprises across all industries such as media, publishing and broadcasting, financial services, telecoms, retail, government, manufacturing, logistics, and education. As a leading creative mobile and online solutions provider, Ixonos develops wireless technologies, software, and solutions. A sampling of Ixonos customers includes global wireless technology suppliers, mobile device and consumer electronics manufacturers, and telecom carriers. With offices in Finland, China, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Slovakia, South Korea, and the United States, Ixonos Plc is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. In 2011, the company’s annual income was 81.4 million EUR, with operating profits of 1.9 million EUR.

Business Challenge:

Building on a success story — sharing common ground
In recent years, the emergence of cloud solutions has rewritten the rules of the IT sector and growth of customer demand shows no sign of abating.

World-leading web content management (WCM) and customer experience management (CXM) provider eZ Systems has developed a powerful, award-winning on-premise solution, eZ Publish, since 1999. eZ Publish is an open source content management system with over 300,000 installations in over 160 countries that relies on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as its operating platform. Preliminary work on the eZ Publish cloud began in 2010 when the organization saw the internal and external demand for a hybrid cloud.

Red Hat and eZ Systems both believe in an open, standards-based ecosystem focused on building creative relationships, sharing experience, and innovating with their customers.

Red Hat’s open, hybrid cloud strategy provides market-leading flexibility that allows customers the freedom to choose the best operating environment for their applications — on-premise or public cloud. Using Red Hat’s open, hybrid approach and Ixonos’ Elastic Cloud, eZ Systems reduces time spent managing infrastructure and enables development of new features and capabilities. It also insures consistency between both operating environments so that eZ Systems can provide full functionality to its customers, whether on-premise or in-cloud.

With the eZ Publish Cloud offering, customers are offered assistance during implementation and regular upgrades to ensure a stable product while continuing innovation. Through the integrated eZ Market, users can acquire a variety of certified apps, extensions, and connectors.

Solution:

A hybrid cloud offering with the same power as an on-premise solution
While many vendors offer slimmed-down versions of their enterprise offerings in a cloud environment, a necessity for eZ Systems was to ensure that the same functionality available in an on-premise solution would also be offered in the cloud, and that the solution could be seamlessly adapted and customized. By utilizing Red Hat’s software stack and Ixonos Elastic Cloud, eZ Publish Cloud gives the customer freedom to work between on-premise and cloud, and to adapt quickly if requirements change.

“For eZ, the Red Hat open hybrid cloud approach allows creative freedom for our partners and customers to use our software in whichever respect they choose. You can envision our platform as a means to sustainability develop existing and also create new digital business models. Then you appreciate that we are enabling our customers to create content, to deliver content across multiple channels, and to systematically optimize content, all out of one platform. All of these facets require flexibility for infrastructure and for cloud enablement,” said Gabriele Viebach, CEO, eZ Systems.

A scalable, flexible, and secure solution for cloud migration
The decision was made to create eZ Publish Cloud in partnership with the Finnish Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider, Ixonos. The Ixonos Elastic Cloud, a groundbreaking Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) launched in 2011, was the first Red Hat certified cloud in Northern Europe. Ixonos Elastic Cloud covers a wide range of platform needs for web and mobile service, and manages development through to operations. Ixonos Elastic Cloud utilizes Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its core operating system, with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization managing the virtualized environments, and the JBoss Enterprise Middleware platform to ensure that web applications are developed and run effectively. Both Ixonos and many of its key customers already had a long and successful history with Red Hat technology solutions, so eZ Systems found it natural to rely on the full Red Hat stack based upon its proven reliability, scalability, cost-efficiency, and performance.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization enables Ixonos to deliver to eZ Systems the ability to deliver its CMS and solutions quickly to new customers through Ixonos self-service UI and open API’s.

The powerful security features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including sandboxing and policy controls, Cgroups task management, and confinement, ensures Ixonos Elastic Cloud users can expect the same market-leading level of security regardless of the solution.

Benefits:

Freedom to focus on delivering business value for the customer
“With the help of Red Hat technology and Ixonos Elastic Cloud, we’re enabling eZ Systems to transform their business to the cloud. What we have created is a unique cloud solution that helps transfer the business online and deliver Software-as a-Service (SaaS). As a Red Hat Certified Public Cloud Provider, ISVs and their customers can use Red Hat technologies out of our offering. Instead of concentrating on creating cloud management software, eZ Systems can focus on delivering new business value and features for their customers,” said Teppo Kuisma, vice president, Online Solutions at Ixonos.

“We have found a fantastic partner in Ixonos. One party can take the platform out of the cloud, configure it for customers, and customers can then put it back into the same environment, combined with the highest industry standards and the freedom to scale wherever you want and how you want, and how your business requires it. With the strategic alliance with Red Hat and Ixonos, we’ve found the best solution that one can find on the market,” said Viebach.

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