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Major enterprise hosting firm adopts Linux to cut customer costs

Antony Savvas

A major German enterprise hosting company is to standardise on Linux architecture to cut costs for customers.

ISP Host Europe, which supports firms in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, is using systems from Red Hat.

More than 25% of enterprises listed on the German DAX stock index use Host Europe's services.

The firm is using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Red Hat Global File System (GFS) and the Red Hat High Availability Cluster Suite for storage virtualisation and high availability.

"We saw a huge demand in the market for highly available web applications at a reasonable price,” said Patrick Pulvermüller, manager at Host Europe. 

"The only way for us to satisfy this demand was to rely on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Other platforms suffered from definite weaknesses regarding pricing or service, some lacked in both respects,” he said.

Now in the first phase of the project, Host Europe is running over 600 servers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The company's customers mainly use the managed services for highly available web applications, especially for e-commerce.

The ISP plans to more than double the size of the installation in the near future.

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