, a provider of open source solutions, announced that The Indian Express
Group, a media firm in India, has switched to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 from Novell (News
) Netware, to provide a cost-effective scale with accelerated company growth.
Red Hat (News
) solutions helped Indian Express Group to be more cost efficient in its IT infrastructure, and provided reliability, security and transparency as well.
Earlier this year, the LAN servers at Indian Express Group were powered by the Novell Netware 3.12 operating system. The company faced problems with Netware, like limitations of client licenses. It also posed problems of expensive maintenance that limited its agility. This made Indian Express Group evaluate a solution that would be cost-effective, and be reliable as well.
“Our top priority was to ensure uniformity, standardization and compatibility of operations, while building the IT foundation for us to accelerate quickly in the future without any limits – either imposed by technology or the vendor,”said Tridib Bordoloi, CIO, Indian Express Group. “In the media industry, we cannot afford to have downtime. Hence, high availability is a critical need. We also evaluated platforms with respect to the TCO, future readiness, and ability to scale. We chose Red Hat Enterprise Linux because the solution could deliver on all of our needs, and we had internal familiarity with the solution because we’ve effectively run our file and print servers on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for some time.”
“The selection of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 was an obvious choice, as it fulfilled all the requirements we envisioned for building a future-ready platform. We are all for open standards, and did not want to be tied down to a single vendor. Red Hat gives us the flexibility to change to a different hardware platform, if necessary.”
With ease-of-use, the opportunity to preserve existing investments and the ability to scale cost-effectively without subsequent investments in hardware, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 has given Indian Express Group the ability to move forward with its business goals without technology constraints. Like other national newspapers, the smooth transfer of stories and pages within the organization and across locations is vital.
“In addition to high availability and reliability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 gives us access to features such as clustering and integrated virtualization that would otherwise have only been possible through the purchase of additional third-party solutions,” said Bordoloi.
Indian Express Group uses the combination of Oracle (News
) Real Application Clusters (RAC) 10g as database, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as the platform. Indian Express Group has been implementing open source technologies since a long time, like mail servers, file servers, SAP (News
) and its website utilizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the backend.
Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, NC and has 65 offices across the world. It provides quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions.Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Tim Gray