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Walgreens Improves Server Uptime and Saves Millions in IT Costs with SUSE Linux

Novell today announced Walgreen Co., the nation’s largest drugstore chain, moved its mission-critical applications from UNIX* to SUSEĀ® Linux Enterprise Server from Novell.

With more than 7,500 stores nationwide and a sizeable IT infrastructure, Walgreens sought a more flexible, scalable and cost-effective platform to support its burgeoning growth. Previously, the company ran many of its business-critical applications on a UNIX operating system that was reaching end of life. Walgreens recognized an upgrade would have required a substantial investment, so it decided to move to a virtualized Linux-based environment to speed server deployments and lower total cost of ownership. After evaluating several platforms, Walgreens selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Server based on the operating system’s lower support costs and superior performance, reliability and built-in virtualization capabilities.

Walgreens is now running its proprietary pharmacy application, as well as certain third-party applications, in a virtualized SUSE Linux Enterprise Server environment on a mix of IBM* and HP servers. The virtualization capabilities of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server enable Walgreens to consolidate servers and add new ones as needed.

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