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August 13, 2009

Autotrader.co.uk drives off with Red Hat platform

Open source offering boosts reliability and performance

By Steve Evans

Motoring site Autotrader.co.uk has switched its platform to Red Hat’s Linux offering in an attempt to improve the performance and reliability of its online presence.

Autotrader.co.uk’s parent company Trader Media Group will also be making the switch. It is hoped that the new platform will enable the company’s internal operations team to concentrate on business-critical tasks as the firm continues to grow.

The company had previously been using a variety of platforms across its infrastructure to support the running of its website. The company says this resulted in increased costs, a reduction in efficiency and challenges with knowledge management.

Trader Media Group wanted to standardise its system on one stack, improving maintenance and support on the Autotrader.co.uk site.

The firm has implemented Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating platform, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform for messaging and Web Services, which includes JBoss Hibernate – a high performance object/relational persistence and query service.

“In JBoss we have acquired a platform that already includes all the core components required, such as messaging and Web Services, resulting in an enterprise-level infrastructure, out of the box. Our 60-strong development team is happy with the implementation and the operation teams understand it, laying strong foundations for the future, said Peter Hanlon, chief technical architect, Trader Media Group.

The open source nature of the platform means that staff are using the new system to exchange ideas and knowledge across the company.
Autotrader.co.uk currently registers over 10.3 million monthly unique users, who carry out over 106 million searches.

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