25 OFFICES WORLDWIDE
Bonhams migrated from an
aging Windows NT 4 and
Microsoft Exchange Server
5.5 environment to Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization, with
the ultimate goal of global
standardization on Red Hat.
RED HAT SOLUTIONS
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
IBM System x 3650
Intel Xeon processors
IBM System Storage DS35240
Bonhams, an international auction house, wanted to replace its aging servers with a reliable,
scalable, and cost-effective platform that enabled remote management of global IT assets while
supporting full disaster recovery. By choosing Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Bonhams
managed to slash 50 percent of software licensing and maintenance costs and reduce its 34
servers down to 8, without sacrificing reliability and reducing the risk of downtime.
“The overall cost of the Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization implementation
in the US was just over half the cost of an
equivalent VMware project the UK incurred.
With this implementation, we managed
to reduce the number of servers by more
than 75 percent while saving 50 percent on
software licensing and maintenance costs.
BONHAMS STANDARDIZES US I.T. WITH
RED HAT ENTERPRISE VIRTUALIZATION
Virtualization ensures auction house is prepared with remote
management and disaster recovery plans.
CUSTOMER CASE STUDY
2redhat.com CUSTOMER CASE STUDY Bonhams standardizes US IT with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
ENABLING A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN WITH REMOTE MANAGEMENT
Founded in 1793, Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house, and one of the world’s oldest
and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is known worldwide throughout
all sectors of the fine art, antiques, and collectors markets, with several departments regarded as
leaders in their specialist category. Bonhams has a global network of offices in 25 countries.
After an exciting period of growth through significant mergers and acquisitions in the US, Bonhams
faced an aging collection of unsupported, end-of-life systems. In addition, the New York and San
Francisco branches needed a shared datacentre disaster recovery plan, which was a major
challenge given they are 3,000 miles apart.
Bonhams’ technical support is provided by Quru, a UK-based Red Hat Premier Partner and
specialist in the development, deployment, and support of Linux and open source solutions.
Quru recommended that the global company now needed a scalable, cost-effective system that
allowed for remote management and supported its disaster recovery strategy. Bonhams had
already virtualized the IT infrastructure in its UK offices in 2009, so it was looking to undertake a
similar project in the US. Previously, the company chose VMware to provide virtualization solutions
in the UK and was frustrated with the maintenance and licensing costs as well as vendor lock-in.
Consequently, Bonhams wanted to avoid similar constraints and costs in the US, and looked for
an alternative solution.
“The virtualization of the servers in Bonhams’ UK office was a half-a-million pound project, 50 percent
of which was spent on licenses. Having been a Red Hat Enterprise Linux(r) user since 2002, it made
perfect business sense for Bonhams to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization in the US, avoiding
lock up and eliminating licensing costs,” said Robin Porter, business development manager, Quru.
Dreadnought and Victory, the future and the past, at their moorings in Portsmouth
signed and dated ‘W L Wyllie 1907’ and inscribed on artist’s label
oil on canvas | 56 x 102cm (22 x 40in).
3redhat.com CUSTOMER CASE STUDY Bonhams standardizes US IT with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
CUTTING COSTS IN HALF
Implementing Red Hat Enterprise Virtual