Santos and Horizon Power select Red Hat technology

Santos and Horizon Power select Red Hat technology

Delivers cost savings

Western Australian regional and remote electricity provider, Horizon Power, and oil and gas producer, Santos, have implemented technologies from open source company, Red Hat.

Santos selected Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5 and an open source thin client solution as it was seeking a cost-effective system that enables performance, simplified administration, improved data management, more support and avoiding third-party costs.

Santos IS manager for subsurface, Andy Moore, said the company has managed to save more than $2.5 million in costs since switching to Red Hat’s system.

“We’ve been burned in the past by opting for proprietary solutions only to have them rendered unviable through being acquired by a larger player with a different agenda. So for Santos, the move to open source also provides us with a solid anchor,” Moore said.

Santos picked Red Hat as many major geoscience software vendors have used its development platform for years and its thin client offerings was one of few that suited Santos’ technical requirements, he said

In buying and building its server farm, Santos’ system administrators worked closely with Red Hat’s support services. It has several Red Hat certified engineers and technicians as part of the team, which it plans to extend in the future.

Horizon Power also recently deployed Red Hat’s technology – namely its Enterprise Virtualisation solution.

It has been operating Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux-based virtualisation in its production environment since 2009.

After a company restructure produced an increase in Horizon Power’s remote workforce, it needed a virtualisation solution that could enable shared storage across all its locations, and support its extended Electrical Network Management And Control (ENMAC) system that provided real-time management, monitoring and control of a public electrical distribution network.

Hence its extended its partnership with Red Hat.

“This was a real challenge because ENMAC is in an isolated, secure network and server configuration and is not part of our wider corporate IT network.

“We have always kept a tight control on the network and only a select number of users have access to it – basically needing secure virtualisation,” Horizon Power systems administrator, Colin Coe, said.

Red Hat A/NZ general manager, Max McLaren, said the company will launch a new storage offering in June within A/NZ, following its acquisition of open source platform for scale-out public and private Cloud Storage software company, Gluster.

“The fact that you can deploy a software appliance without caring about the hardware technology used to store predominantly big data related information is something that will be very interesting for customers,” McLaren added.

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