The Government of the Canary Islands Migrates Telecommunications and New Technologies Platform to Red Hat Enterprise

  The Government of the Canary Islands Migrates Telecommunications and New
  Technologies Platform to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

     Organization Achieves a Stable, Cost-Effective, Modern and Scalable
   Virtualized Platform After a Migration from VMware to Red Hat Enterprise

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- April 02, 2013

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that the Government of the Canary Islands has
migrated its virtualized systems from VMware to Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization to meet the growing demands of its IT department. The new
infrastructure, based on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, JBoss Enterprise
Middleware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is designed to provide support for
the telecommunications, information technology and computer communications
infrastructure of the government. The migration improved the consolidation
ratios of virtual machines per host and resulted in budget savings of up to 70
percent compared to the costs associated with the previous VMware
virtualization platform.

As the Government of the Canary Islands’ previous virtualization
infrastructure could not keep up with the organization’s growing workloads, it
set two objectives when it came to upgrading it. The first was to promote
convergence between horizontal and vertical growth so the government could
take its physical machines up to their maximum capacity and thereby reduce the
number of hosts, increasing efficiency. The second was to adopt a
virtualization solution that could respond to its requirements, reducing cost
of ownership as much as possible and minimizing risks in terms of quality of
service and future continuity.

Having evaluated its options, the public body found that Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization was more cost-effective and provided greater capacity and
improved service levels and continuity. The proposal put forward by Red Hat
provided cost savings of up to 70 percent compared with proprietary solutions,
while enabling the IT department to adopt a modernization plan, well-suited to
the requirements of the Government of the Canary Islands.

Preparing for the future, the government wanted to avoid being tied to
providers with unpredictable costs, or to technologies that might not develop
or even disappear over time. In these respects, the technological roadmap
provided by Red Hat, the capacity that its clients have for influencing that
roadmap in a collaborative fashion, the model of annual subscriptions with
predictable costs, the fact that it is based on public, open source technology
and the soundness of Red Hat as a company were all decisive factors in the
choice made by the Government of the Canary Islands.

Once Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization was installed on its IT systems, the
government was able to increase from average consolidation ratios of seven
virtual machines per physical server (7:1) to 27 virtual machines per host
(27:1), in addition to making a saving of 10 percent in disk space, achieving
greater reporting capacity and a general simplification of the architecture.

A key factor in this project was teamwork. Red Hat consultants brought
significant expertise to bear on the solution and the automation and
optimization of the data centre processes. Red Hat partner Qwerty offered the
public body the best services at a local level, providing the greatest speed
and efficiency possible. Thanks to this, the Government of the Canary Islands
was able to successfully migrate a complex virtual infrastructure made up of
almost 100 physical servers and 1,000 virtual machines, both Windows and Red
Hat Enterprise Linux, in just four months, reducing costs and succeeding in
improving operational efficiency and the service provided for citizens, both
now and in the future.

“Virtualization with Red Hat offers a solid platform, in addition to a clear
vision of its roadmap,” said Darío Iván Ortega Valido, computing,
telecommunications and new technologies department for the Government of the
Canary Islands. “What’s more, the budgetary sustainability provided by the Red
Hat solutions and the positive results achieved in tests carried out with Red
Hat Enterprise Virtualization were of crucial importance when it came to
changing our virtualization platform.”

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