Oxfordshire county council is installing a Linux system from Red Hat on IBM machines to deliver internet services across more than 280 local schools.
The council, working with third party company Evesham, has nearly completed the installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System x and IBM BladeCenter servers across its schools, giving them tiered access to the county council's high-speed internet connection, via a central cache.
The new system is designed to improve response times on the "safe" schools' internet.
Each secondary school now has Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS running on two Intel-based IBM System x servers, with Websense web filtering software to protect against inappropriate content.
Primary schools have been set up with a single server. The complete system comprises 426 academic servers with provisioning modules and one Red Hat Satellite Server.
Kathryn Proudlock, the council’s ICT project manager said, “As part of the government's provision of Grant 31B for improved internet access in schools, we had to look afresh at how best to enable our pupils to work in a safe environment but still deliver a fast and reliable online learning experience.”
Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux distribution was cost-effective and also offered stability, security and reliability, she added.
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