Ganart Technologies Builds Financial Transaction Cloud on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

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United States, August 30, 2010

Global financial services provider combines Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to drive 60% cost savings and expanded performance and scalability

the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Ganart Technologies, a global provider of reserved and compliant cloud processing for financial information and transactions, is running its critical financial transaction cloud datacenter on a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Ganart endeavors to bring consumable banking to the masses by developing software and systems in a cloud that offers its customers consistency with their financial services from end to end. When it first began developing these systems, Ganart built a datacenter based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system.

"We wanted to put something in the datacenter that was secure, responsive, high-performing and reliable, so Red Hat was the default choice," said Chris Glover, vice president of Software Development at Ganart Technologies. "We use Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based servers for everything in our datacenter from basic testing and development services to quality assurance (QA) and production."

Building on its marked success with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ganart looked to scale out its business, which meant growth for its datacenter. Ganart needed the ability to drive different networks to be PCI-compliant and required many full networks for QA, staging and production. Challenged with driving datacenter growth on a limited IT budget, Ganart realized that adopting virtualization technology would be its best strategy and it began assessing virtualization solutions from Red Hat and VMware.

"When it came to VMware, one of the issues was cost. For the types of things we wanted to do, the VMware solution was more expensive compared to the investment we were making in our datacenter. With Red Hat, we realized we would get not just the cost benefit, but also benefits in performance, scalability and security," said Glover. "Since our servers were already running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization was a natural addition. To have both our operating system and virtualization technology from Red Hat, the synergies made a lot of sense."

Today, Ganart maintains a full Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization stack with seven Dell R7 10s with 64GB of RAM. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization forms the base of five different networks, made up of over 40 Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based servers that are all PCI-compliant. Ganart uses Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to manage the virtual machines themselves and the actual physical clusters. The company also uses the complementary Red Hat Network Satellite systems management solution to keep its Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems up-to-date with patch management and the deployment of new systems. It also utilizes Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop for its ATM machines.

Ganart's Red Hat-based datacenter is organized as a cloud that allows it to deliver its services as transactions-as-a-service, which enables its distribution partners to pay only for the transactions that they use. With its financial transaction cloud, Ganart's partners can offer services ranging from money transfers to cashing checks with no complex set-up fees or processes. Ganart hooks providers of these services into its ATM network to offer multi-function kiosks to customers and distribution partners that enable "unbanked" customers to reduce the cost and time spent completing banking-related activities.

"When we talk about the cloud, we are talking about delivering more services, cheaper, to allow our partners and customers to pay only for what they need and use. Where Red Hat fits in is that with the combination of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, we can dynamically move capacity around as needed to fit the needs of our customers," said Glover.

With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ganart is able to affordably scale with business growth. It has achieved expanded scalability, performance, flexibility and security while reducing costs by 60 percent.

"The performance with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is very high and we don't have a lot of overhead for the systems," said Ryan Murray, infrastructure architect at Ganart Technology. "We really can flex the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization cloud as we need to in order to fit our unique needs without impacting our customers."

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