Carmarthenshire county council has selected open source specialist Sirius Corporation to build an e-mail system that can host an inbox for 40,000 users across its schools.
The new open source system will use a web-based interface to help IT staff set up and manage new accounts for pupils and teachers at the council’s 15 secondary and 125 primary schools. It will also allow administrators to monitor usage and swiftly block e-mails with inappropriate content.
Carmarthenshire council’s ISP officer, Giles Nunn, said, “We looked at a number of proprietary solutions to develop our current e-mail system but they simply weren't scalable or were just too expensive.
“The open source e-mail solution provided by Sirius Corporation was not only the most technically advanced but offered the lowest total cost of ownership.”
The Carmarthenshire move comes amid increasing interest in the potential of open source products to reduce costs. It follows Oxfordshire county council’s installation of a Linux system to handle internet access for its schools.
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