Descon Engineering Limited Maintains Global Lead with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

 Descon Engineering Limited Maintains Global Lead with SUSE Linux Enterprise
                         Server for SAP Applications

Engineering firm relies on SUSE to help increase uptime while improving the
speed, reliability and flexibility of its IT infrastructure

PR Newswire

NUREMBERG, Germany, Feb. 20, 2013

NUREMBERG, Germany, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SUSE® today announced a
joint success with Descon Engineering Limited. Descon has bolstered its
leading position in the engineering and construction services industry using
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP® Applications and the SUSE Linux
Enterprise High Availability Extension to power its SAP ERP software. The
successful migration from legacy process management applications to an
integrated SUSE and SAP solution provides Descon the robust, highly available
platform needed to rapidly and reliably respond to customers.

The Pakistan-based company provides engineering services to process plants and
is a major player in the Asia Pacific region, serving the oil and gas,
chemical, cement and petrochemical sectors.

Prior to working with SUSE, Descon ran all of its SAP ERP-based processes on a
distributed server landscape. Over time, the firm realized that this method
did not offer sufficient stability to meet its end-to-end uptime goals.

Bilal Hussain, ERP Architect at Descon, said: "Our success as a business
depends on our ability to provide best solution and services in EPCC
(Engineering, Procurement,Construction and Commissioning). We determined that
an SAP ERP solution would enable us to maintain agility as our business grows
and decided to search for an operating system with proven reliability for SAP
ERP workloads."

Ultimately, Descon chose SUSE Linux Enterprise because of its leading
integration with SAP applications and long-term partnership with SAP. Today, a
majority of customers running SAP solutions on Linux use SUSE Linux Enterprise
Server. In addition, the High Availability Extension included with SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server for SAP Applications enabled Descon to leverage existing
in-house competencies to build and maintain a clustered environment, which
helps reduce unplanned downtime and further ensures continuous access to
mission-critical applications and data.

The success Descon has experienced using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP
Applications comes on the heels of the recent announcement that SUSE Linux
Enterprise High Availability Extension 11 Service Pack 2 is now certified for
integration with the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform. This establishes a
reference architecture to help ensure customers such as Descon are able to
achieve a fully compliant implementation of high-availability scenarios for
running SAP solutions.

"Descon is a prime example of how leading companies are utilizing Linux for
more than just cost reduction," said Michael Miller, vice president of global
alliances and marketing for SUSE. "In addition to the substantial financial
savings, the combination of SAP applications, SUSE Linux Enterprise and
Intel-based hardware helps them improve performance, increase reliability and
tighten security, enabling competitive advantage and a leadership position."

Since implementing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, Descon
has achieved its goal of building a stable SAP ERP-based platform with 98
percent uptime.

"Stories like Descon's illustrate why enterprises need fully integrated
solutions that are scalable, flexible and available to stay one step ahead
within the global economy," said Helge Deller, head of SAP LinuxLabs, SAP AG.
"We're extremely pleased that, along with SUSE, we're able to play such an
integral part in Descon's ability to stay ahead of the game."

Today, all of Descon's business processes are supported by SAP ERP running on
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. "Through deploying SUSE Linux technologies, we
have further benefited from the highly reliable SAP ERP platform we needed to
drive business growth," added Hussain.

More information for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 for SAP Applications
can be found at

More information about SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension can
be found at

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