Red Hat Signs New Enterprise Client

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Union Bank of California is moving from IBM's AIX Unix-based operating system to Red Hat Enterprise Linux on HP hardware, and will standardize its IT infrastructure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat, facing increased competition from the Novell/Microsoft alliance and Oracle, has won a new enterprise customer: Union Bank of California.

Union Bank, which is one of the 25 largest banks in the country and has 320 branch offices in California, Washington and Oregon, will standardize its IT infrastructure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a Red Hat spokeswoman told eWEEK.

The bank is moving from IBM's AIX Unix-based operating system to Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Hewlett-Packard hardware and has also built solutions running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite and MySQL over the past nine months, the spokeswoman said.

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The bank migrated from AIX to realize significant performance gains as well as centralized, secure management through Red Hat Network, she said.

"One of the main driving factors was that they wanted to reduce their time to market with new initiatives. Union Bank also specifically chose Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Satellite Server for its monitoring capabilities and security controls," the spokeswoman said.

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Union Bank plans to make Red Hat's complete solution stack part of its core technology direction. "While the bank does have a heterogeneous operation and was a BEA shop, they are now moving to JBoss for all future projects, and older products will be migrated over time," the spokeswoman said.

Mok Choe, Union Bank's chief technology officer, said that providing the best customer experience is a priority, with open-source technology playing a major role in the customer-facing sales and service product line.

"We are constantly looking for opportunities to offer higher reliability and speed in a cost-effective manner and are rearchitecting our Web environment to scale horizontally using the commodity hardware and open-source tools," he said.

The bank believes that it will be able to significantly reduce transaction costs using commodity hardware and open-source tools. Those savings will then be used to finance further improvements in the customer experience, Choe said.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

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