August 6, 2008
Red Hat Solutions Provide Reliability and Performance Gains for Munich Airport
Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Munich Airport, recognized for three consecutive years as Europe's "Airport of the Year" by air transport research company Skytrax, has migrated a large portion of its UNIX servers and desktops to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Airport has since realized heightened performance, cost savings and reliable support.
After experiencing consistent performance issues, Munich Airport conducted detailed cost-analysis research on alternative technology solutions that could boost performance for its IT systems. Results revealed that Red Hat Enterprise Linux, already in small use in the Airport's IT systems, could provide both the savings and performance benefits desired. In 2005, Munich Airport migrated a portion of its servers to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and in March 2006, it also migrated most of its desktop workstations to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop. Since September 2006, Munich Airport has equipped more than 30 servers and 40 desktops to run using Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat-based systems are also used by Airport's external mail gateways providing anti-virus and anti-spam functionality.
Munich Airport's Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop solution plays an important role in airport operations, providing the control tower with technology to ensure smooth, automated aircraft dispatch and passenger-handling sequences. The system coordinates aircraft parking spaces, taking raw data from the radar system as input, and using this data to calculate aircraft arrival times and coordinate logistical activities on the ground.
For server and desktop administration, Munich Airport also uses Red Hat Network in conjunction with Red Hat Satellite Server. "Red Hat was also able to score with Red Hat Network against other Linux vendors, who had nothing comparable to offer at the time when the decision to select Red Hat was made," said Hubert Bosl, Unix system administrator at Munich Airport and a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE). "In the mid-run, we will also use Red Hat Network to manage the systems which still run on proprietary Unix. Moreover, this management tool was extremely important for our ISO 20000 certification."
In 2007, Munich Airport served 34 million passengers and was ranked the 28th busiest airport worldwide. It aims to become the most efficient and attractive European airport hub by 2010 and expects that the implementation of Red Hat solutions will help expedite this goal. Currently, Munich Airport is also running another large-scale project together with Red Hat solutions. The main components of the Universal Display System in the Airport's Terminal 1 has more than 1,400 display devices providing passengers with up-to-date information on arrivals and departures, and these servers are now running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
"Munich Airport is a worldwide market leader in many respects. We are therefore especially delighted that it deploys Red Hat Enterprise Linux, particularly on its traffic-critical systems," said Werner Knoblich, vice president, EMEA at Red Hat. "We are proud that the reliability, manageability and security of our operating system have contributed to the airport's top rank for service and customer satisfaction."
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