Insurance firm gets the Linux bug

Hill House goes open-source not out of altruism, but for cost savings.

One of the UK's biggest insurance firms, Hill House Hammond, has joined the growing ranks of corporate Linux enthusiasts in what is thought to be the first ever live Linux installation within the financial sector.

For once, however, the decision to move over to Linux does not appear to have been motivated purely by enthusiasm for the of open-source movement. According to IT director at Hill House Hammond, Nick Turner, cost efficiency as well as compatibility were also important considerations. He says, "The company chose Red Hat Linux over other commercial operating systems because, as an open source operating system, Linux will contribute to cost efficiency. Linux also offers compatibility with existing systems, and provides the perfect platform to run the Pick D3 C multidimensional database."

Hill House Hammond is now proudly running Linux on IBM Netfinity servers as its network platform, and has integrated the OS with its sales and services database, developed by Pick Systems.

The popularity of Linux within the corporate community is growing at an impressive rate. A recent IDC survey found that 13 percent of businesses are already running Linux.

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