Public sector gets lab to test open source

The National Computing Centre has opened a test laboratory where public sector organisations can prove the viability of open source applications and configurations.

The National Computing Centre has opened a test laboratory where public sector organisations can prove the viability of open source applications and configurations.

Ed Downs, project manager at the lab, said, "The facility provides a safe environment where public sector organisations can test innovative technologies and configurations, prove concepts and get answers to specific technical queries - all without the risk of undertaking the work in their own organisations or compromising existing service delivery."

Ovum analyst Tola Sargeant said, "The public sector is known for being risk-averse so the ability to put open source through its paces in a testing lab - which is currently free to use - will be welcomed. It is likely to encourage more public sector organisations to look seriously at open source rather than just use it as a stick to wield in front of Microsoft."

With developments such as the Open Source Laboratory, Microsoft is likely to find it has a fight on its hands in the UK public sector, Sargeant added.

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