Ingres partners with Red Hat, offers end-to-end open source solutions for key customers

Ingres Corporation, the leading open source database company and pioneer […]

May 13, 2009

Ingres Corporation, the leading open source database company and pioneer of the New Economics of IT, announced that three enterprise customers that have deployed their mission-critical infrastructure on end-to-end open source solutions. Biveroni Batschelet Partners AG (BBP), Allied Express, and Connected Weddings have migrated to solutions based on Ingres Database, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

This combination of open source solutions is enabling enterprises like these three companies to deploy Java applications on leading commercial open source infrastructure software. The combined stack gives enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) a low-cost alternative to proprietary application development. Open source solutions continue to cut costs out of the datacenter while providing IT departments with the performance, reliability and world-class support they need to continue to innovate and grow their business.

“In a world of tight IT budgets customers are taking a hard look at the unnecessary license fees that they pay to proprietary vendors of operating systems, application servers, and databases,” said Roger Burkhardt, CEO, Ingres.“Globally, IT organizations spend upwards of $10 billion each year on license fees and have found that they can cut costs and still innovate if they deploy on a full open source infrastructure stack. These enterprise customers confidently rely on Ingres and Red Hat to provide enterprise class support for their deployments.”

Biveroni Batschelet Partners AG (BBP)
BBP is an integrated software and solution vendor specializing in the integration of interbank applications. BBP uses Ingres Database as part of an in-house Java and open source application stack, which also includes Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Middleware to secure 24×7 continuous interbank connections.

“Financial institutions place their absolute trust and the success of their day-to-day business processes directly into our hands,” says Amir Housseini, CTO, BBP. “Given the sensitivity of our application and the underlying data, we require an application infrastructure that can meet extremely stringent requirements, especially for security and availability.We’ve always relied on open source software components to reduce application development costs, and Ingres and JBoss are commercially proven, have been tested, and work together. Furthermore, Ingres and Red Hat have long-term track records of successful enterprise deployments – that matters when you’re dealing with business-critical information that must be secure and reliable in every moment.”

Connected Weddings
Connected Weddings has adopted Ingres Database to run the premier wedding planning application for Facebook. New Gravity Ventures built the Connected Weddings site on reliable and proven open source software comprising Ingres Database, Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Middleware, and the Alfresco content management platform.

“New Gravity Ventures can achieve optimal ROI due to zero licensing fees, minimal compatibility testing, and is able to focus on content and innovation rather than software costs,” said Dan Kerzner, CEO, New Gravity Ventures.

Allied Express
Allied Express is the leading courier and express freight company in Australia. Allied Express uses Ingres Database and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform for its Track and Trace system, used by both customers and employees tobook and track freight in real time.

“Our top priority was to select commercially proven technologies that work well together,” said Robert Q.H. Bui, software development manager/IT manager, Allied Express Transport Pty Ltd. “The economics of open source software were certainly a plus, but our selection was based primarily on quality, the track records of both technologies, and the fact that JBoss is certified to work with Ingres. Certification was key for us, because it means that the technologies of both companies work together seamlessly and that support efforts are coordinated.”

“Partnering with open source database vendors like Ingres allow us to solve our customers problems with a full open source solution. Together, Ingres and Red Hat help our customers understand the value inherent in open source deployments. That expertise translates into cost savings and superior technology for all of our joint customers,” said Craig Muzilla, vice president, Middleware Products, Red Hat.

Together Ingres and Red Hat have initiated several marketing campaigns around the world to recruit ISVs and systems integrators (SIs) to take advantage of the commercial open source value proposition, including CHILL, a cosponsored ISV recruitment campaign in EMEA, and field level programs designed to generate demand for commercial open source solutions. Ingres is also a founding member of the Open Source Channel Alliance, a consortium of open source ISVs that have signed distribution agreements to reach more resellers and systems integrators.

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