German Manufacturing Firm Modernizes IT Systems with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
Ferrotec Increases Scalability, Flexibility and Performance While
Reducing TCO with the Combination of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
and Red Hat Enterprise Linux
RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that Ferrotec, a global market leader in
technologies based on the magnetic liquid Ferrofluid that is used in
multi-phase motors, dampers for shaft ends and transformer cooling, has
deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
at the core of its infrastructure. Through this Red Hat technology
combination, Ferrotec is increasing scalability, flexibility and
performance while lowering operating costs.
Headquartered in Japan, the Ferrotec Group also has a large presence
throughout Europe. In line with the company's growth and additional
business requirements, its IT infrastructure expanded with the purchase
of new servers and an increase in memory capacity. As the company's IT
systems peaked, performance began to decrease, creating the need for a
modern technology infrastructure to meet Ferrotec's business demands.
In mid 2011, Ferrotec's legacy systems and IT infrastructure could only
be administrated with major effort. Therefore, Ferrotec's IT team,
together with its core management team, embarked on a fundamental
modernization and transition to a virtualized infrastructure.
Ferrotec assessed possible alternative solutions together with GONICUS,
an IT service provider out of Arnsberg, Germany, that has been working
for Ferrotec for many years. GONICUS, a Red Hat Advanced Partner,
specializes in infrastructure and virtualization strategy, and is one of
the largest independent service providers for open source software in
Germany. As Ferrotec began planning its migration strategy, one of the
critical requirements for the new infrastructure was to continue the
existing installation based on Linux. Ferrotec found what it was looking
for from OpenV3 from Magirus, one of Europe's leading providers of IT
solutions and a value-added distributor of Red Hat, based in Stuttgart.
OpenV3 includes solutions from Cisco, EMC and Red Hat in a best-of-breed
strategy that combines into an infrastructure package that can be
Ferrotec's new IT infrastructure has reaped several important benefits
in areas such as administration, maintenance and service, especially
when compared to its former, heterogeneous infrastructure. By
consolidating its server landscape, Ferrotec is anticipating lower
operating costs as the same number of staff can supervise a larger
number of systems and applications.
"We analyzed other virtualization alternatives in the market, but the
high-performance enterprise management feature set and low TCO Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization provides was an ideal combination for what we
needed for our systems," said Joachim Schwender, head of IT at Ferrotec.
"We now have a fully functional datacenter with Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization at its core. Our new virtualized infrastructure allows us
to balance performance, flexibility and administration requirements. The
revitalization of our IT operations with Red Hat has made us better
prepared for the future of our business."
The company's new IT infrastructure also has enabled Ferrotec to map its
critical business processes in a highly reliable and flexible manner.
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