"We had to choose a system that would offer us the flexibility, security and reliability required to maintain a high level of services to our customers. We are confident that a Linux based system can offer us this more cost effectively than any proprietary solutions", said Detlef Exner, Director of IT Production for DB Systems. Following that strategy, DB Systems evaluated several options and selected SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server due to its scalable, high-performance foundation for secure enterprise computing. Exner adds: "Novell's ability to offer extensive support for SUSE LINUX and their co-operation with many hardware and software vendors has given us additional confidence to use this also for our mission-critical tasks."
Key deciding factors were the ability to run the SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server software on all major hardware platforms, the easy access to German speaking technical Novell staff for 3rd level support issues and the advanced system management tools within the solution, which help to reduce administration and maintenance expenditures.
"Its open management capabilities combined with a reliable release cycle and a complete enterprise software ecosystem for Linux including technical support, training, consulting and indemnification, make SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server a good choice," said Ingo Schwarzer Senior Manager for Data Center solutions and architecture.
"Novell has built its support philosophy around standing behind customers rather than providing point support for a single technology or product," said Richard Seibt, President, Novell Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Our experience in supporting Linux interoperability with other systems and applications was essential for the success of this project."
DB Systems leveraged Novell's Linux skills, to evaluate the viability and cost advantages of a Linux solution. This enabled DB Systems to develop a deployment framework, which included the migration and deployment of Deutsche Bahn's key applications in a three-phased project.
Phase one included migrating 55,000 Lotus Notes users to SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server running on an IBM eServer zSeries* 990 mainframe, as well as the migration of a mission-critical train timetabling system from UNIX* to SUSE LINUX. Roughly half of the targeted servers have already been migrated successfully, and the next phase, currently being implemented, includes the migration of SAP services to SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server. The last phase, expected to be completed by the end of 2005, includes the migration of DB Systems Web servers and remaining network infrastructure servers, including database and application servers.