RED HAT : Powers $2.5 Million in Cost Savings for Santos
06/14/2011| 08:05am US/Eastern
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that Santos, a leading supplier of oil and
gas for Australia and Asia, has achieved cost savings of $2.5 million
with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In addition, the energy pioneer has
gained greater stability and faster performance, helping the company
reduce its global carbon footprint.
With more than 5,000 staff and headquartered in Adelaide, Southern
Australia, Santos delivers a high-performing business through strong oil
and gas production in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2009, Santos was
tasked with finding a new application delivery system that would improve
performance and reduce cost. With a complex environment to manage, an
increase in data, mounting licensing costs and a deficiency in support,
Santos sought out a direct replacement for its main proprietary thin
client system in order to avoid the license outlay and the cost of
replacing its workstations. After extensive investigation, Santos turned
to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and an open source thin client solution, and
has been reaping the rewards since the migration.
"For what we need, Red Hat Enterprise Linux was always going to be the
underlying system for us, both from a development and production
environment perspective," said Andy Moore, IS Manager, Santos. "Red Hat
has been a platform of choice for the oil and gas industry for some time
because it's a preferred development platform for the major geoscience
In addition to achieving immediate savings, Red Hat technology has
allowed Santos' highly valued geoscientists the ability to perform their
jobs more efficiently, making them more productive as the company looks
to increase its oil and gas reserves. Additional benefits also include a
reduction of more than 300,000 KWh in environmental power per year,
reduced office cooling requirements and a reduced carbon footprint
through workstation removal.
"Red Hat has been a refreshing change for Santos because it immediately
delivered a faster, cheaper, and more stable platform, but it also
offered many other operational benefits that quickly became apparent,"
said Moore. "Necessity is the mother of invention and we managed to come
up with the solution that would simplify administration, boost
performance, lower costs, add functionality, improve security, and even
save power, all in one open source step -- a huge success all round.
Introducing Red Hat has really provided us with a win-win situation."
To learn more about how Santos is using Red Hat technology to be a
high-performing organization, read the full case study at www.redhat.com/customersuccess.
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