The Swiss federal government is to standardise its IT infrastructure on Novell’s Suse Linux server platform.
As a result of the agreement, the government will deploy 3,000 Suse -powered servers across the Swiss public sector.
“Linux has been gradually introduced into various government departments in recent years, but this is the first formalised procurement process regarding the introduction of Linux at a federal level,” said Jürg Roemer, delegate for information strategy at the Swiss federal government.
“The agreement we have reached applies to the entire federal government and will see the adoption of Novell’s Suse Linux throughout the Swiss federal administration,” he said.
Tom Francese, Novell Europe president, said, “The Swiss federal government wants greater operational efficiencies and lower costs from its technology infrastructure.”
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Roemer said savings would eventually be made from staff having to master only one Linux software operating system. A mixture of Linux implementations is currently used, along with Unix and Windows systems.