Novell has announced that the second largest city in Norway, the city of Bergen, has chosen Novell's Linux technology to underpin its technology infrastructure, moving away from its proprietary Unix and Microsoft Windows applications platform. Bergen's two-phased implementation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 will impact 50 000 users of the city's administrative and educational networks.
Janicke Runshaug Foss, CIO of the city of Bergen commented, "The most important issue for the city is to provide the best possible public services to our citizens through cost-effective municipal operation. In addition to the IT-based benefits from migrating to Linux, we attain a business model that doesn't tie us to a single vendor's solution architecture. By migrating to Linux the city has a business model that is open and democratic, and we believe that will ensure a greater degree of freedom of choice, more efficient operation and major cost savings that will benefit the citizens."
The implementation involves IBM and HP and will initially see the 20 existing Oracle database servers running on HP-UX, powering the city's core health and welfare services applications among others, being replaced with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 running on HP Integrity Itanium 64 bit servers.
The second phase of the implementation will involve the migration and consolidation of current Microsoft Windows application servers powering the educational network to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on IBM eServer BladeCenters. The stability and scalability of SUSE Linux on IBM blade servers will enable the city to significantly consolidate its over 100 Microsoft Windows application servers to 20 IBM blade servers running SUSE Linux.
"With 32 000 students and 4000 teachers accessing the educational network, the city's current server environment was not scaling with growing demand," said Michel Teyssedre, IBM vice president business development EMEA. "Our IBM eServer BladeCenters running on Linux will allow the city of Bergen to take full advantage of all the benefits Linux brings, enabling growth in the future."
"The city's current database servers run several critical applications so it was key that the new solution offered maximum uptime while being cost effective," said Rudi Schmickl, VP of Enterprise Storage and Servers - EMEA, HP. "Our HP Integrity Itanium 64 bit servers address those needs, including the city's overall vision to underpin its infrastructure with Linux."
The implementation is expected to be completed by the end of 2004 and the subsequent efficiencies from the new IT operation will ensure the city reaps major cost savings, resulting in the availability of more funds being channelled to build core public services for the citizens of Bergen.
"The city of Bergen needed to do more with less while preparing for further growth and Novell, together with its hardware and software partners, were able to provide the Linux solution that met the city's exacting needs," said Richard Seibt, president of Novell EMEA. "The advantages of Linux such as lower costs and greater reliability are clear and will certainly continue to drive Linux adoption among enterprise and public sector organisations."
For more information contact Trish Barwick, channel and marketing manager, Novell SA, 011 322 8300, firstname.lastname@example.org