The French Ministry for Education has migrated 2,500 servers to Red Hat Linux, as part of a wide-ranging quest to sever all proprietary software ties.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers were installed across the country’s 30 local education authorities to handle essential administration tasks for schools. The move is in line with ministry policy to choose open source and avoid the potentially costly licenses and forced upgrades cycles of proprietary vendors.
Practically all of its servers now run on Linux.
More than 3,000 servers – which represent 80 to 120 servers per local education authority – now operate on Linux, with 80% of them running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, said Michel Affre, IT systems manager at the French Ministry for Education.
The ministry has directed its applications suppliers, internal developers and external partners to develop on open standards, ensuring Linux compatibility.