The NHS has signed a £22m contract with Novell to roll out a new identity management, application management and Linux-based server infrastructure.
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The three-year contract is part of the wider NHS Connecting for Health programme, and lets the NHS use Novell software to support the NHS’s infrastructure, covering more than 600,00 workstations.
Richard Granger, director general of NHS IT said, “The deal with Novell reduces the barriers for the NHS in using open source, as it secures access to an enterprise-class open source platform along with, more importantly, affordable support, maintenance and training to help our staff make the transition.”
Under the agreement, the NHS will be able to use Novell Identity Manager for security and access control and Novell ZENworks for managing applications on workstations.
In addition, the NHS will also be able deploy Novell’s Linux-based Open Enterprise Server in parts of the organisation, allowing it to gradually migrate from its ageing Novell NetWare-based server infrastructure.
Novell will also provide consulting services and training to NHS staff.