Major Spanish Bank Moves Critical Applications to Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System z

Banco Pastor, the seventh largest Spanish banking group with 650 branch offices in Spain and a presence in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, has migrated its critical human resources and corporate emailing systems running SAP NetWeaver and SAP ERP and IBM Lotus Notes for Collaboration software to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Using Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System z10, Banco Pastor has decreased its annual IT costs by 30% for the platform supporting its emailing system, as well as improved performance and increased scalability for the platforms running its SAP and IBM Lotus Notes applications.

"Our consolidation project and upgrade to the SAP system is a critical component of our business strategy and we needed to ensure that we selected the optimal operating platform and hardware for immediate results and future scalability. We valued the close integration with Red Hat, SAP and IBM and with Red Hat's service and technical support, we knew we made the right decision. The performance of our Red Hat systems has matched our expectations as well," says Montserrat Torres, computer systems manager at Banco Pastor.

The migration decision was made at the end of 2008 when Banco Pastor decided to update its human resources management system and opted for SAP solutions for its payroll, career and training systems. Banco Pastor wanted a new operating platform that would help it to scale with growth, reduce costs and provide flexibility for the infrastructure supporting those applications. The bank's email system, based on IBM Lotus Notes, also needed an updated operating platform base to provide the reliability, security and efficiency needed to serve its professional workforce, as well as the critical internal applications that rely on the platform.

Today, Banco Pastor's new SAP and IBM Lotus Notes infrastructure is based on two IBM z10 Business Class mainframes running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5-one server with three IFLs and the other with four IFLs. Banco Pastor's selection of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System z10 reflects the business's need for one of the world's most sophisticated business servers, with the equivalent computing capacity of nearly 1,500 x86 servers, an 85% smaller footprint, and up to 85% lower energy costs.

To read the full Banco Pastor case study, go here.

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