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Use of Linux Grows in Public Sector
June 14, 2004
By Peter Galli
Public-sector deployments of Linux are continuing to grow at the expense of
Unix and Windows.
The latest Linux win is the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
(AOUSC), in Washington, which provides administrative support, program
management and policy development services to U.S. federal courts.
The administrative office is migrating applications from Solaris to Linux
using Hewlett-Packard Co.'s ProLiant servers that are running Red Hat Inc.'s
Enterprise Linux Advanced Server and HP's StorageWorks tape libraries.
In a deal to be announced this week, BakBone Software Inc., of San
Diego-which offers Linux support and certification of its NetVault data
management software on Red Hat Linux and ProLiant servers-was awarded a
contract through outsourcer The Titan Corp. to provide software and support
to the AOUSC.
The contract is part of the seven-year, $17 million server integration
contract Titan signed with the AOUSC in December. The AOUSC will also deploy
IBM's Informix database software and BakBone's VaultDR (disaster recovery)
application to multiple remote sites, with 700 to 1,000 such server
deployments expected over the next three years.
Government customers such as the U.S. Air Force's Electronics Systems
Command have welcomed the adoption of industry-driven standards, which allow
the Department of Defense to stay up-to-date with commercial technology
innovations using the self-governance model of the Linux community, said
Matt Mleziva, program director of the defense information infrastructure for
the Air Force, in Washington.
IBM set a record for Linux-based revenue. Click here to read more.
Red Hat is also seeing interest in other areas of the public sector, said
officials from the Raleigh, N.C., company.
Red Hat reported 87,000 units of Enterprise Linux sold last quarter, which
was about double the number sold in the previous quarter. The company also
recently made its Security Enhanced Linux available as part of Fedora Core
2, Test 2, which officials said is the most significant milestone in its
security road map for Enterprise Linux.
Some customers, such as John Lewis, security systems engineer for the city
of Charlottesville, Va., are deploying Red Hat solutions because of the
perception that they are more secure than proprietary solutions.
"Prior to my arrival, the department and the city of Charlottesville was 100
percent Microsoft," Lewis said. "Since then, we began a campaign to increase
security, save money and address the needs of management. We chose to
standardize on Red Hat."
Check out eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center at http://linux.eweek.com
for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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