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Red Hat Innovation Award Winner

Company: Nissan Motor Company

Innovation Award Category: Cutting out Costs

Industry: Automotive

Geography: Worldwide

Solution: Red Hat Enterprise Linux; JBoss Enterprise Application Platform

BACKGROUND

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd was founded in 1933 and is one of the largest car manufactures in the world with over $80 Billion in revenue, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than four million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands.

A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

With the launch of the EV (Electric Vehicle) to the market, Nissan planned to introduce a new type of system services for supporting this new line of business. Meanwhile, the company's IT infrastructure became complex at the same time with various vendor technologies, and lacked efficiency due to using different platforms.

SOLUTION

Setting out to make Linux its common platform and regain IT governance, Nissan selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform to simplify its IT infrastructure.

In order to maximize the resource utilization by consolidating onto a standardized common platform with avoiding vendor-specific hardware technologies, Nissan wanted to replace UNIX with Linux on its common platform and regain IT governance. JBoss Enterprise Application Platform on Red Hat Enterprise Linux was selected as the common J2EE developing platform replacing commercial application server (WebSphere) on UNIX within the entire architecture.

There were several deciding factors for selecting Red Hat technology. At the time, the company had planned to use the Linux offered by another company. However, since Red Hat, with its global support system, was stronger, it also had an overwhelmingly large worldwide share and track record. Because the company had already been using some of Red Hat’s technology, and the company had gotten a sense of its strength, which helped Nissan make the final decision to partner with Red Hat.

Secondly, the migration to JBoss as the application server was a huge factor. The company was using a commercial application server (WebSphere) as a standard, and looked into going OSS for the application server in step with the operating system. The intimacy with open source is a natural thing, and because Nissan was able to confirm that there are no inferior aspects in comparison with the commercial application server, the company decided to make the switch.

BENEFITS

With more agility and less cost, the combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform has played a vital role in the Nissan Global-IS Strategy and while providing more flexibility, simplicity and efficiency. Hardware purchasing cost was decreased to 10 percent (90 percent down) and the number of severs is now less than 30 percent of the original environment and server resource provisioning lead time shortened from two weeks to one day.

In addition, Red Hat solutions have simplified Nissan’s IT infrastructure with the system as trustful as UNIX with more agility and less cost, and has played a vital role in the Nissan Global-IS Strategy (so called "BEST"). The BEST Program initial letters taken from Business Alignment, Enterprise Architecture, Selective Sourcing, and Technology Simplification. In the IS department based on the BEST Program, infrastructure is constructed to gain high synergistic effects through use not only in Japan, but also in common with America, Europe, Asia, as an IT infrastructure to support this kind of global strategy. However, because there are a number of different systems in use, CP (Common Platform)1 and CP2 were named, and a staged implementation was planned.

Throughout the project, Nissan has participated in several training courses of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform which helped the company step out into the open source world. In the end, Nissan has gained from this project flexibility, simplicity, efficiency and agility, which are essential characteristics for success. Therefore, the result simply cannot be made without Nissan’s partnership with Red Hat.