Euronet India regains server control with open source solutions
By Asia Cloud Forum staff 01-Sep-2010
To free itself from licensing issues, the Indian branch of Euronet Service (Euronet) has migrated its business-critical card management system application from Microsoft Windows to open source Red Hat enterprise virtualization and enterprise Linux.
The migration is said to bring Euronet Service India Pvt. Ltd “increased flexibility, decreased hardware and power costs, reduced system maintenance needs and increased scalability and performance with its virtualized infrastructure,” in Red Hat's media statement.
Euronet is a global provider of electronic payment and transaction processing solutions for financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. It facilitates the movement of payments around the world and serves as a critical link between its partners, including financial institutions, retailers and service providers, and their end customers, both locally and globally. Founded in 1994, Euronet has established itself as one of the leading electronic payment providers. Serving customers across 46 countries, Euronet handles critical ATM networks across the globe.
First open source solution
Troubled by uncontrolled growth of physical servers that handled its mission-critical systems, which led to rising costs for physical space, energy and other utilities, Euronet Service India decided to consolidate its data center using virtualization technology and planned to migrate to an open source platform to address the licensing issues it had faced with proprietary alternatives.
After a pilot run, with the help of Red Hat's Indian partner in open source software Taashee, Euronet deployed the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating platform.
“Implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux was one of the key milestones in our IT infrastructure and it was the first time that Euronet was implementing an open source solution,” said Ashish Mehta, director, IT and Infrastructure for Asia Pacific and Middle East at Euronet. After selecting Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its operating system, Euronet then explored virtualization solutions to help consolidate their data centers.”
Citing “flexibility, scalability, cost, security and performance benefits,” Euronet finally selected Red Hat enterprise virtualization platform after evaluating various virtualization solutions.
Mehta said: “After deploying the Red Hat virtualization solution for our card management system, we benefited from faster performance. We also experienced simpler management of our systems with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization's live migration and system scheduler features. On top of that, the wide ecosystem shared between Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offered us more choice and flexibility for our systems.”
“We expect Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to be evaluated as we build our plans to deploy a private cloud as our IT infrastructure evolves,” he said.