Zahid Tractor Company slashes TCO with Linux implementation

Zahid Tractor and Heavy Machinery Company has reduced its technology infrastructure costs by 25%, with a huge Linux implementation.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  July 10, 2003

Zahid Tractor and Heavy Machinery Company has slashed its technology infrastructure costs by 25%, with a comprehensive Linux implementation.

The Saudi-based organisation has migrated from its Microsoft servers to the open source operating system to run a collection of applications for its Kingdom-wide organisation.

The collection of IBM x-Series machines are running various web services, file & print, messaging and various other business applications.

“Maintaining a reliable technology infrastructure is of paramount importance for Zahid Tractors, as we have to provide critical business systems and maintain the flow of financial and inventory information between our network of 30 branches around Saudi Arabia, catering to a number of different customer groups,” comments Nasser Bayram, IT Director of Zahid Tractors.

“We investigated Linux as a solution to our cost, security and performance problems, and found that it presented a very compelling solution. We already use of a lot of IBM hardware and software technology, so the fact that IBM develops for and supports Linux technology makes adopting this platform attractive,” he adds.

As the company grew, the IT department became increasingly concerned about the increasing costs of software licences, as well as security and reliability concerns around the Windows infrastructure it was using.

Zahid Tractors had a number of servers running Windows 2000 connected through a large scale wide area network (WAN), running applications based on IBM’s Lotus Domino and WebSphere Web services and messaging technology. After studying various alternatives and presenting these to management, the IT organisation was given the go-ahead to develop a Linux Research & Development project in 2001.

It established a Linux Lab on its premises with its own dedicated network, and partnered with SBM and IBM Global Services to define a solution in 2002. Once the solution was scoped out, it worked with SBM to rollout a pilot project to identify the implementation issues and find solutions before mass a implementation at the end of 2002.

IBM provided consulting, assisting in the proof of concept pilot, and documenting the core procedures to be replicated on all Zahid Tractors’ servers, in addition to specific Linux skills transfer.

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