Acuity Brands Grows with Scalable Technologies from Dell, Oracle and Red Hat

11/25/2002 - Acuity Brands' Acuity Lighting Group (ALG), the world's leading lighting fixture manufacturer, has deployed Dell, Oracle® and Red Hat products to help ensure the rapid delivery of complex manufacturing orders and uninterrupted availability of human resources information.

ALG chose DellTM PowerEdgeTM servers running Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters and the Oracle E-Business Suite on the Red Hat Linux Advanced Server operating system to deliver a highly available, scalable, high-performance solution to address its corporate growth. In addition, the platform was selected based on its ability to help automate the company's internal processes, unify its databases and increase access to data across the enterprise.

"We were looking for a simple, cost effective solution to provide us with flexible and continuous access to the mission-critical databases and applications that support our human resources and manufacturing departments," said Jeffrey Kernan, chief operating officer of Acuity Lighting Group. "The Oracle9i Real Application Cluster certified configurations from Dell running Red Hat Linux Advanced Server have provided a solid, secure and cost-effective environment for this data."

The new Dell-Oracle-Red Hat platform with components of the Oracle E-Business Suite currently supports more than 1,500 concurrent users at ALG and over one terabyte of data. The company transitioned its single-node solutions to Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters platform on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server to meet their mission-critical requirements for increased platform scalability, flexibility and the cost-effectiveness of standards-based technologies.

The platform is comprised of Dell 4- and 8-way PowerEdge servers and Dell | EMC storage systems running Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters and the Oracle E-Business Suite on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

"Deployments such as ALG's are indicative of the increase in interest we are seeing from corporate customers for Dell-Oracle-Red Hat enterprise solutions," said Linda Hargrove, vice president of worldwide marketing in Dell's Enterprise Systems Group. "Fortune 500 companies are ready to capitalize on the dramatic price and performance benefits Dell can provide in the data center through the efficiency of our business model combined with the strength of our partnerships for these solutions."

"Linux-based Oracle9i Real Application Clusters provided Acuity Lighting Group with a low cost, scalable, and high available platform necessary to handle increasing data and users, said Rene Bonvanie, vice president of Oracle9i Marketing, from Oracle. "This 'Unbreakable Linux' platform will enable ALG to quickly process complex manufacturing orders and provide virtually unlimited availability on their Oracle Human Resource and Oracle Financial applications."

"Enterprise customers are realizing the incredible value, reliability, and performance the Red Hat Linux Advanced Server platform is able to deliver in concert with Oracle and Dell," said Mike Evans, vice president of Business Development at Red Hat. "ALG's rapid migration to the Red Hat Linux Advanced Server platform is a great impetus to others looking for an alternative to proprietary operating system solutions."

About Dell
Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq: DELL) is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. The company's revenue for the past four quarters totaled $32.1 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals.

About Oracle
Oracle is the world's largest enterprise software company.

About Red Hat
Red Hat is the world's premier open source and Linux provider. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has offices worldwide.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Dell is a trademark of Dell Computer Corporation. LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc.

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