The Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance has selected Red Hat Linux systems to run the organisation's mission-critical applications.
The ministry says it selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux for reliability and heightened performance. It is using the system as the main platform for many of its critical applications, including its "Service Personale Tesoro" (SPT) application, which runs on one of the most popular Italian government websites.
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Marcello Niceforo, executive director of the Integrated IT Systems Service at the Ministry of Economics and Revenues, said, "Providing applications like SPT on the web is a mission-critical task for the Ministry, as it enables us to reach a growing number of users.
"SPT provides a means for citizens to receive important public services with the comfort and the ease-of-use enabled by the internet."
A number of additional enterprise applications are now also running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Applications such as accounting packages for generating payslips - both electronic and print - for more than 1.5 million state employees rely on Red Hat systems.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux also powers many of the Italian Ministry's production databases, including Oracle and MySQL ones.