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Welsh agency pays for open source integration with Cisco kit

Antony Savvas

The Countryside Council for Wales has hired European open source service provider Sirius Corporation to help extend its OpenBSD security system’s integration with its Cisco-based network.

The Countryside Council for Wales is using Sirius under the government's Catalist scheme, a framework agreement designed to help public sector agencies purchase services from established and reputable suppliers.

Sirius Corporation's close links with the OpenBSD development team means the work will be included in forthcoming versions of the operating system.

OpenBSD is traditionally deployed as an enterprise-class firewall and in internet-facing systems where high security is essential.

The Cisco internetworking operating system is the software platform for the vast majority of Cisco routers and all its current network switches.

Gordon Ross, network manager for the Countryside Council for Wales, said, “We appointed Sirius because they were the only Catalist-approved open source company with the specialist knowledge to undertake the work.

“As long-term OpenBSD users, we are delighted the new code will be fed back into the project itself for inclusion in future releases.”

Mark Taylor, CEO at Sirius, said, “There has been too much debate on how the public sector can engage with open source. The answer is very simple – use approved suppliers who themselves work with the underlying open source projects."

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