ASPCA Adopts The Penguin

Big Blue notes another Linux win as the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals adds the penguin to its stable.

IBM is showing no signs of pulling away from Linux support, despite a lawsuit SCO Group filed against it over core code in the open source operating system.

Big Blue on Thursday said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has deployed a new email system running on Linux.

IBM said the new mobile e-mail system is running on its eServer xSeries in order to help ASPCA, the nation's oldest humane organization, deploy a secure enterprise class messaging infrastructure that lets its employees access e-mail and data from inside or outside the society's network.

The goal of the new system, which replaces one put in place by Hewlett-Packard, is to help veterinarians and field workers respond more quickly in their mission to assist animals in need of care.

Like many nonprofit organizations, the ASPCA has a tight budget, which officials said helped spur the decision to deploy Linux and cut licensing fees and maintenance costs from the society's IT budget.

"The combination of cost-savings, security and flexibility that the IBM solution offered us gives our employees the information that they need without sacrificing performance or stability," said John Giantelli, ASPCA Director of Information Technology, in a statement. "With Linux we are able to reduce costs, cut down on calls to the help desk and have the opportunity to scale our systems in the future."

IBM said the new ASPCA system uses its Lotus notes collaboration program, and its WebSphere Edge Server as a Reverse Proxy in order to enhance security, while lowering total cost of ownership on the operating system, as well as messaging and collaboration infrastrcutrue.






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