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1 Improve Control and Flexibility Across Physical, Virtual and Cloud Environments SUSE Linux Enterprise Success Stories

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3 Does this scenario sound familiar? You want to extend your IT infrastructure by taking advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies. Being able to scale computing resources up and down in response to business needs will make your IT organization more agile and cut costs. Those are some compelling benefits. But with greater flexibility comes concerns over control. Will you be able to ensure service availability and quality? Will you compromise the security of your systems and data? And what about meeting compliance and regulatory requirements? Control. Flexibility. The skeptics will say you can t possibly optimize both across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Well, the skeptics are wrong.

4 SUSE Solutions At SUSE, we ve developed enterprise Linux solutions that increase agility, reduce cost and manage complexity in dynamic environments. With a portfolio centered around SUSE Linux Enterprise, the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing, SUSE enables organizations to confidently deliver computing services across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Our solutions include: Enterprise Linux Servers Enterpise Linux Desktops Virtualization Cloud Computing Customer Showcases With these solutions, SUSE customers around the world are maximizing performance, reliability and security in their IT infrastructure, while at the same time running their business more efficiently and cost effectively. Here are five of their stories.

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6 1 Sesame Workshop has a mix of physical and virtual systems and is starting to use virtual workloads for greater control and flexibility. Sesame Workshop If you have kids (or were once a kid yourself), you probably know Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind this long-running and much beloved television program. Client Challenge Sesame Workshop hosts nearly 50 consumer web sites. The large volumes of media content and heavy traffic meant hardware and software costs were getting out of control. Moving to Linux would offer relief, as would consolidating its infrastructure. Putting SUSE to Work Sesame Workshop has used SUSE Linux Enterprise solutions to: Standardize on lower-cost industry-standard hardware to run ColdFusion apps and its Cognos system on SUSE Linux Enterprise without sacrificing performance, reliability or security. Run virtualized Linux and Windows services, including web services, on physical Linux systems. Making an Impact SUSE has helped Sesame Workshop to: Move to an open web infrastructure that cost 85 percent less than a proprietary solution. Reduce hardware costs by 30 percent. Consolidate web servers by 80 percent with Xen virtualization. Get the Full Story Learn more about the innovative ways Sesame Workshop is managing its growing IT environment at

7 2 Sony Italia is deploying virtualization more extensively and using virtualization migration and management tools to maximize control and flexibility. Sony Italia The brand behind everything from TVs and laptops to routers and semiconductors, Sony Corporation is one of the world s leaders in consumer and business electronics. Sony Italia is headquartered in Milan. Client Challenge Growing data volumes and user numbers were overloading Sony Italia s servers, hurting both performance and reliability. Replacing 30 physical servers would be cost-prohibitive, so virtualization was the obvious solution. Putting SUSE to Work Sony Italia has used SUSE Linux Enterprise solutions to: Consolidate 12 physical Linux and Windows servers to virtual machines running on two physical SUSE Linux Enterprise servers (thanks to the included Xen virtualization technology). Ensure the reliability of the new virtualized environment by harnessing the powerful clustering tools in SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension. Making an Impact SUSE has helped Sony Italia to: Save an estimated 60 percent on server acquisition costs. Significantly reduce the costs of electricity for powering and cooling the new infrastructure. Create new IT resources faster and more flexibly, rather than buying new hardware. Get the Full Story Want more details on how Sony Italia is shrinking its physical infrastructure and cutting costs? Visit

8 3 Essent is deploying virtualization more extensively and using virtualization migration and management tools to maximize control and flexibility. Essent Consumer and business customers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium count on Dutch supplier Essent for electricity, gas, heat and waste management services. The company also operates an international trading division, Essent Trading. Client Challenge Essent distributed its IT infrastructure among three data centers before embarking on a major consolidation initiative. Its key goals: 1) complete the project quickly, 2) keep the Essent Trading servers online at all times and 3) minimize the number of physical servers. Putting SUSE to Work Essent has used SUSE Linux Enterprise solutions to: Migrate 260 Linux and Windows server workloads to one data center. Deploy virtual machines to replace 50 physical machines. Standardize its Linux environment on SUSE Linux Enterprise to reduce IT management costs. Making an Impact SUSE has helped Essent to: Improve manageability and security by moving its IT infrastructure to one location. Complete its data center consolidation within one month without significant interruption of business operations. Save about 2 million in migration costs. Reduce floor space by 8 percent, preserving room for future growth in the data center. Get the Full Story Find out which SUSE technologies Essent used to complete its successful consolidation initiative at

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10 4 Pernod Ricard Pacific is deploying virtualization more extensively and starting to use automation tools. Pernod Ricard Pacific Pernod Ricard Pacific is a major regional distributor for the entire wines and spirits portfolio of parent company Pernod Ricard. The entity in Australia also handles winemaking, viticulture and marketing for its own brands. Client Challenge For Pernod Ricard Pacific, a move to new offices meant less space for its data center. The company needed a way to continue meeting greater demands from the business while reducing its reliance on physical servers. All signs pointed to virtualization. Putting SUSE to Work Pernod Ricard Pacific has used SUSE Linux Enterprise solutions to: Consolidate its Linux and Windows server infrastructure using virtual SUSE Linux Enterprise environments. Manage the new ERP, BI and CRM virtual workloads automatically with predefined business rules and policies. Protect business-critical data by implementing an affordable dedicated disaster recovery option for up to 25 virtual servers. Making an Impact SUSE has helped Pernod Ricard Pacific to: Avoid having to buy fifty additional servers and hire two employees to manage the equivalent physical infrastructure. Cut 625 tons of CO2 emissions along with electricity costs for powering and cooling the infrastructure. Create a secure, flexible and highly available virtual infrastructure. Get the Full Story Discover how services provider AkurIT helped Pernod Ricard Pacific meet the challenges of moving to a virtualized infrastructure at

11 5 Tenzing is building out its cloud infrastructure and starting to use automation tools. Tenzing Canada s Tenzing is a managed hosting company with an award-winning approach to hosting business-critical Internet applications. Client Challenge Improved data center efficiency and performance along with reduced costs for Tenzing and its customers: These are the key benefits the company would realize by automating workload management across physical and virtual machines. But Tenzing also needed one data center management solution with the flexibility to natively manage all industryleading hypervisors. Putting SUSE to Work Tenzing has used SUSE Linux Enterprise solutions to: Automate workload management across physical and virtual machines without being tied to a particular hypervisor vendor. Manage both Windows and Linux environments to bring a new cloud computing platform to the market. Host a diverse range of business-critical Internet applications for its enterprise customers on virtual Windows and Linux environments using SUSE Linux Enterprise. Making an Impact SUSE has helped Tenzing to: Deliver cost-effective services to customers up to 95 percent faster. Slash man hours by 50 percent through improved data center efficiency. Cut capital expenditures per customer deployment by 20 percent. Reduce support costs by 25 percent. Get the Full Story Learn more about the difference automation has made at Tenzing at

12 Control and Flexibility, Together at Last SUSE is dedicated to helping organizations, like yours, realize the powerful benefits of virtualization and cloud computing. Are you just starting to deploy virtual servers or workloads in the cloud? Have you already gone down one of these paths? Either way, SUSE Linux Enterprise solutions will give you the control and flexibility you need. Get greater control and flexibility across your physical, virtual and cloud environments. To learn more, call us today at or visit:

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