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Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Spanair, one of the largest air carriers in Spain, has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the platform of choice for its recent IT initiatives. With Red Hat solutions, Spanair is experiencing increased performance and cost reduction.
Spanair is utilizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux in two of the company's major projects. The airline is running its Carmen crew optimizer software, providing the airline with settings for crew managing, fleet scheduling and timetables, on three Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. The Red Hat platform is also used in several of the airline's optimization stations that receive information provided by the central server to execute a number of processes. Additionally, Spanair runs its Oracle 10g R2 database server on HP Proliant servers on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to host its data warehouse.
When we began considering Linux within our infrastructure, we were looking for solutions for two main concerns: cost reduction and performance improvement. Currently, Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers on an Intel platform provide good performance when connected to modern fibre channel drive arrays HP Eva 4000, said Joan Pons, Spanair systems manager.
We are assessing the possibility of increasing the number of Linux servers in order to install other Oracle databases and new applications.
Spanair has achieved significant cost savings with Red Hat solutions and through the Red Hat subscription model. With its use of Red Hat Network for support and updates, it has reduced the time and resources spent maintaining its systems. The company has drastically reduced both hardware and software costs and has enjoyed great flexibility in tweaking its own solution and avoiding vendor lock-in.
Another reason for selecting Red Hat solutions is the local technical support the company provides 24 hours per day, said Pons.
Some of the issues that have emerged during the commissioning and daily operation of the machines have been resolved immediately by the Red Hat Support staff. They have shown consistent professionalism and creativity.
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Spanair, founded in 1986, offers more than 600 daily flights operated with a fleet of 64 aircrafts in shared code with associates, to 150 destinies. From April, 2003 the company is member of Star Alliance, the largest global and prestigious network of airlines of the world. http://www.spanair.es.
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