Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions for the enterprise, today announced that it has been chosen by Mercadona, Spain's leading supermarket chain, to deploy over 10,000 desktops company-wide.
Mercadona has traditionally relied on an infrastructure that depended on the systems of franchise holders. The move to Red Hat Desktop within these franchises has helped to standardise a new computing system implemented throughout the Mercadona supermarket chain. This migration multiplies processing speed by up to four times previous levels. Red Hat Desktop has been installed in all sales points, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux is now powering Mercadona’s servers.
"Looking to improve the performance of our computing systems, the implementation of Red Hat technology simplifies and speeds up core processes at Mercadona," said a spokesperson from Mercadona. "Our use of Red Hat will eventually lead to the optimisation of our customers' time in supermarkets, making the checkout process easier and helping cashier staff to process payments."
"Mercadona's decision was also driven by the trust they placed in Red Hat and our team of professional engineers to implement Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Desktop, commented José Manuel Villanueva, Red Hat Iberia Country Manager. "We collaborated with Mercadona technical staff to implement Red Hat Network with Satellite configuration, giving Mercadona a valuable administration tool offering better control of servers and cashier desks in supermarkets across Spain. These enhancements will mean significant cost savings in management and systems administration for Mercadona."
Available since May 2004, the Red Hat Desktop enterprise solution is complimentary to Red Hat's flagship server and technical workstation solution, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. A common code base and management via Red Hat Network enable greater security and manageability from datacenter to desktop.
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Mercadona is a distribution company operating in the supermarket segment. Nationally it has presence in 41 provinces in 14 autonomous regions with a network of 820 supermarkets. Total sales revenue for the year 2003 amounted to 7.2 billion euros, making it the leading Spanish supermarket chain. Its facilities employ more than 46,000 individuals. Its supermarkets have an average of 1,000 square meters of retail floor space and are based on a model of urban commerce that is close at hand with a wide assortment of food products, pharmacy goods, items for personal hygiene, beauty supplies and complements.
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