Sterling University has improved performance three-fold and lowered project costs by moving its SAP human resources and payroll system to Linux.
It migrated to a two-tier system after performance slowed following two upgrades. The SAP applications run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on HP Proliant servers. And the database was migrated to HP Integrity Servers based on Intel's 1.3GHz Itanium 2 processors.
"The Integrity systems offered better price/performance than comparable Risc-based systems, with the added bonus that we will maintain flexibility in choosing any operating system in the future," said Martyn Peggie, HR information system manager at Stirling University.
"We can choose HP-UX, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Windows. This will allow us to adapt to changing requirements over the years to come.
"We believe with the current configuration of the IT systems, the servers will pay for themselves over the next three years just by savings in support costs."