Medscheme dumps SCO Unix for Linux

By   |  August 17, 2004

Independent medical schemes manager Medscheme has contracted Unisys Africa to install two ES7000 servers running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell. These are to replace the company\’s existing SCO UnixWare servers.

The majority of Medscheme\’s business runs on Oracle\’s database and because Oracle no longer ports its products to SCO UnixWare, Medscheme has had to reconsider its platform options.

\”The Oracle technology has met all of our requirements, but because it no longer supports SCO UNIX, while our business must ensure customers still receive the best possible service, we have leveraged our investment in UNIX skills and opted for the Linux operating system,\” says Kevin Wright, CIO at Medscheme.

Medscheme first bought ES7000 servers from Unisys Africa four years ago to provide the back-end systems and databases to handle claims processing for the one million lives covered by private organisations. Medscheme services 45% of the total market, processing one million claims per month with an assessing aggregate value of R500 million.

\”The original systems served as the primary production and online transaction processing environment, also supporting business intelligence via the Oracle data warehouse and Oracle Financials,\” says Steven Grundlingh, Medscheme account manager at Unisys Africa.

Medscheme currently uses Oracle 8, and Unisys Africa will deploy two 16-processor ES7000 520s that use Intel\’s 2.2GHz Xeon processors in support of a migration to Oracle 9. Several Oracle databases will run on the two machines, the largest of which is 1TB in size.

\”We need to keep our systems in line with market developments, not only to ensure support availability but also to leverage new technologies being developed in the IT industry,\” says Wright. \”Our partnership with Unisys began four years ago and we can now leverage the enhancements of the ES7000 range along with Unisys\’s newly announced support for Linux as we migrate to newer versions of Oracle,\” says Wright.

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