Home improvements retailer Kingfisher Group has migrated 240 of its European stores to Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux distribution.
The move has brought Kingfisher a 10-fold increase in performance and a return on its investment within eight months of the implementation.
The DIY giant’s Castorama and Brico Dépôt stores had been running an IT system with two servers for the past 10 years. One, a Digital UNIX Alpha server supported production tools and commercial applications along with Oracle’s v7 database and Forms application. The second was a Windows NT server supported the retailer’s network, domains, printing and file server infrastructure.
Kingfisher moved to overhaul its systems when it became clear that support would soon end for both the UNIX and the NT server. The group decided the open source platform was sufficiently maturity to ensure reliability.
The new system – covering stores across France, Italy, Spain, Poland and Russia – consists of a single server, supporting both production tools and infrastructure services, saving on costs.
Bernard Grulois, architecture and infrastructure manager for Kingfisher IT services, said: "Overall most of the open source distributions contained the features we needed, including infrastructure services." Red Hat had been chosen because it was business-ready and because of its support and service levels, he said.