Italian olive oil manufacturer Fratelli Carli has standardised its IT infrastructure onRed Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The move was aimed at streamlining the processing of orders through automatic address validation and keeping system response times below one second through periods of peak demand.
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The company said since implementing Red Hat Linux on its IBM System z Mainframe, it had achieved increased levels of performance by running several instances of the operating system at the same time.
"We chose Red Had because it delivers a standard Linux product much closer to the logic of a mainframe than other products," said Marco Gardini, Mainframe System Architect at Fratelli Carli.
Speed in processing orders is important to Fratelli Carli, which receives orders directly from more than 600,000 customers a year by telephone, mail or through its website.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is used to control the company's mainframe, its DB2/Udb database containing customer data, and Egon, a Java-based application which ensures that customer addresses are entered correctly.
"I am firmly convinced that Linux is the turning point for the evolution of mainframes, which, now as in the past, continue to be excellent systems in terms of reliability and performance," said Gardini.