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Linux platform optimises SAP for Calzedonia

By Retail Technology | Wednesday June 26 2013

Improves competitiveness with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, as platform launches to cloud providers

Calzedonia Group has reduced IT operational costs while improving uptime and performance by using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

The platform implementation has saved the Italian intimate apparel and accessories retail chain over 70% on hardware acquisition and maintenance costs, while also achieving 99.9% uptime for its business-critical SAP applications. 

Satisfying large data demands

Calzedonia's previous enterprise resource planning (ERP) system struggled to keep up with increasing data demands and was beginning to hinder its ambitious international growth plans. The retailer, which also operates five stores in London, replaced it with a suite of SAP applications running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications and industry standard hardware.

“When building our solution including the SAP ERP application, we wanted to find a resilient and cost-effective operating system," said Federica Dall’Ora, Calzedonia Group IT manager. 

"We carried out a rigorous selection process and finally opted for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, because it perfectly suited our business needs, with its unique technical features and SUSE’s highly professional and efficient support services.”

Supporting in-memory databases

The platform is designed to enable enterprises to standardise their SAP applications on a single, certified high-performance platform that supports large, in-memory databases in physical, virtual and cloud environments.

“Without SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications, we certainly would have not been able to pursue our international expansion plans, and our business would not have grown as we wanted,” said Dall’Ora. 

Due to its growing popularity, SUSE said the platform is now enabled for on-demand consumption and available for SUSE cloud service providers to resell. It joins other enterprise offerings like the SAP HANA One service that are designed to deliver business-critical IT services through on-demand public cloud infrastructure.

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