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HP boosts Linux products for Africa

By   |  March 18, 2003

With demand for Linux, the open source operating system, growing across Africa, HP has announced a series of new Linux-based products and services for companies in Southern Africa.

Andre Hartley, software solutions specialist for southern Africa at HP, says the upgrades to the HP range include a disaster-tolerant solution for Linux that combines HP MC/Serviceguard 2.0 software and the HP StorageWorks XP disk array providing disaster recovery and business continuity across wide area Linux networks.

Other new additions are HP Servicecontrol Manager 3.0 with a Web-enabled central point of control; expanded support for Compaq Evo desktop PCs running Linux; a porting assessment express service; and HP Secure OS software.

HP Servicecontrol Manager 3.0 is a software application that gives administrators access to critical assessment tools for fault monitoring, configuration and workload management of Linux-based servers.

The porting assessment express service assists companies running Unix to migrate their systems to Linux for a pre-set fee. And HP Secure OS software helps businesses to secure their Linux environments using a host of pre-integrated applications.

\”Linux is often considered a viable low-cost alternative to other more expensive operating systems by companies across southern Africa,\”

With this announcement, says Hartley, \”we\’re introducing integrated product lines in hardware platforms, enterprise security, management and high-availability software, as well as comprehensive and proven services, for Linux. We\’re also continuing to work with our network of partners and the local open source community to offer the tools needed to develop comprehensive Linux-based solutions,\” says Hartley.

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