German Federal Employment Agency found its costs rising rapidly, and started looking for a more efficient way to provide its services. Thus, the company opted for an open source operating system, and after evaluating three different Linux distributions, opted for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server due to its compatibility with third-party applications.
The German Federal Employment Agency is the largest service provider in the German labor market and offers comprehensive services for job seekers, employers, apprentices and employees. With approximately 120 of its own IT processes, three central data centers, 11 regional data centers and 150,000 networked PCs, the agency operates one of the largest IT environments in Germany, which it continues to develop. Every month, the agency sends 50 million emails and 9 million letters and conducts 18 million bank transfers.
“Our goal was to standardize as many systems as possible on a single platform,” said Dr. Martin Deeg, managing director of IT Production at the IT systems department of the German Federal Employment Agency. “It was therefore important for our strategic operating system to support a wide variety of applications. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server scored points with regard to certified compatibility and professional support in particular."
The Federal Employment Agency migrated business-critical systems such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) and in-house developments based on Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle WebLogic application servers from Solaris, HP-UX and Microsoft Windows server environments to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Many of these systems are operated with VMware virtualization technology.