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CERN opts for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation

Implementation includes nearly 600 servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux

CERN's Bell: We appreciate the stability and availability of solutions from Red Hat
CERN's Bell: We appreciate the stability and availability of solutions from Red Hat

CERN, the European organisation for nuclear research, has deployed Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation and Technical Account Management services as a platform for its mission-critical applications.

The implementation includes nearly 600 servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which are operated by CERN at its Geneva data centre.

The solution runs some of the organisation's most critical applications, including the Large Hadron Collider logging server, and the central financial and HR systems for the organisation's 11,000 users.

In an announcement, CERN said that the reliability and high availability of the solution were also part of its decision to implement.

"We appreciate the stability and availability of solutions from Red Hat. This is extremely important to us because we use these solutions in highly critical areas where commercial support, resilience and reliability are key requirements," said Tim Bell, group leader of IT operating systems and infrastructure services at CERN.

CERN is also using Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation in its LHCb experiment, which focuses on identifying the differences between matter and anti-matter. A stable IT infrastructure is critical to the experiment, CERN said, as it supports the controlling, configuring and monitoring functions for around one million systems and processes.

"Our LHCb experiment requires a powerful, very reliable and highly available IT environment for controlling and monitoring our 70 million CHF detector. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation is at the core of our virtualised infrastructure and complies with our stringent requirements," said Niko Neufeld, deputy project leader at CERN.

CERN has been a long-time Red Hat customer, and has also implemented the open-source vendor's JBoss Fuse.