SUMOL+COMPAL aimed to introduce a new strategic operating platform which would allow it to reduce its reliance on proprietary hardware and software, without sacrificing performance or reliability. The company aimed to avoid the cost and disruption of purchasing new hardware by finding a solution flexible enough to run on its existing infrastructure.
“As Compal employees already had extensive experience of using SUSE software—and were very positive about its benefits—SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was immediately one of the front runners,” said Dr. Luís Gravato. “When we discovered that the flexibility of the SUSE operating system meant we could use it with practically any type of hardware, it became the most logical option, making the merger of our IT systems a relatively straightforward process.”
The migration of the SAP applications to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server took only three months, and caused no interruption to daily operations, with business users largely unaware that such a fundamental change was even taking place.
“We trusted Data Identity as their consultants knew our systems inside out, and they championed SUSE for its excellent support and easy implementation,” said Dr. Luís Gravato. “The rollout of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server ran smoothly, and there were no problems in getting drivers for our existing hardware.”
The simple licensing model for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was a significant draw for SUMOL+COMPAL; the proprietary UNIX platform previously used by Sumolis required additional investments as new applications were added. By selecting SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the company was able to take advantage of known licensing costs with no restrictions on user numbers or workloads. Additional cost savings emerged from the reduced hardware resource consumption and low management overhead offered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
SUMOL+COMPAL was previously unable to leverage the advantages of virtualization. Implementing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with built-in Xen virtualization technology has opened up new possibilities and enabled further expansion within the existing hardware footprint.
The solution has also enabled the use of virtualization at no additional cost through the built-in Xen hypervisor. This has produced a number of benefits for SUMOL+COMPAL, enabling IT staff to consolidate hardware, simplify infrastructure management and maximise the utilisation of existing resources.
“The cost savings associated with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server have really impressed us, especially those produced by virtualization, which has proved a key element in our new streamlined infrastructure,” said Dr. Luís Gravato. “Sharing resources using Xen for virtualization has enabled us to get the most value from our server hardware investments, while enabling greater speed and flexibility in meeting new business requirements.”
With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUMOL+COMPAL has complete freedom in choosing the future hardware platform for its SAP software, and can draw on both the highly active open source user community and on SUSE technical resources for enterprise-class support.
“SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has proved perfectly suited to our needs, providing a truly flexible and high-performing solution that is the ideal environment to support the applications critical to our new merged organisation,” said Dr. Luís Gravato. “The cost savings will grow as the years pass, because we now have a more compact infrastructure that costs less to run, maintain and extend.”