Enterprise Linux Log

Sep 5 2007   12:26PM GMT

Red Hat scores two migration wins

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Sweden and Red HatLast week we told you all about Novell’s big customer win in Germany, so it seems only fair that this week we follow up with some news from that other big time commercial Linux vendor out there, Red Hat.

Today, Red Hat announced two customer wins: The French Ministry of Education (an educational institution adopts Linux? Really?!) and the Swedish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry–because even Swedish penguins need to stay healthy.

Noe, for those of you keeping score at home, you’re out of luck, because I don’t keep track of every Red Hat and Novell customer out there. I am, however, interested in Linux migrations, of which we now have two more to add to the ol’ quiver.

The first, in France, involved the migration of 2,500 servers across 30 local education authorities to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. “Avoidance of vendor lock-in” was one of the main reasons given in the press release. “”In 2004, over 95%of the servers ran on Linux. Today we are close to 100%, since we withdrew the last AIX servers at the end of 2006,” said Michel Affre, the ministry’s IT systems manager.

In the land of Swedes Red Hat managed to get FASS.se, the main medicines portal run by the Swedish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry, LIF, to migrate its servers from Sun Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Ian Murdock will not be too happy about that coup.

In a canned PR quote, Per Manuell, chief technology officer said the move was in part due to a desire to make operations run more smoothly. During evaluations, he said it was noted that RHEL was just that, and it was an “easy decision” to leave Solaris for RHEL.

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