Ximian to Roll Out

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-04 Print this article Print

Red Carpet Enterprise"> "Customers have been increasingly asking us for a solution that lies behind the firewall because even though our other offerings are secure, users like the government often have policies that dictate that the entire solution must be deployed behind the corporate firewall," Perr said. As Linux on servers becomes more prevalent, and companies increasingly depend on it for more functions and seek to customize their own Linux distributions, having a behind-the-firewall solution is increasingly important, he said.
Keith Erskine, product manager for Red Carpet Enterprise, told eWEEK that this latest offering is not only compatible with a host of Linux distributions but also provides those users with their own Linux environments and an easy way to set up, deploy and maintain those environments throughout the company.
Beta testers agree. Jeff Davis, a senior systems programmer at Houston-based Amerada Hess Corp. told eWEEK that Red Carpet Enterprise is much easier to use and administer than Red Carpet CorporateConnect, which he currently uses to update some 300 systems. Davis said that while he did not run custom software applications on the new offering or distribute in-house software that way, "I understand that reasoning. We dont support a lot of remote offices and are using other mechanisms to do that. If we had lots of remote sites this would be a good and valuable way to do that," he said. Amerada is using Red Carpet Enterprise to distribute Ximain software updates, Ximian security fixes, Red Hat updates and Red Hat security fixes. "I moved from Red Hat Network to Ximians Red Carpet CorporateConnect because it was more flexible and customizable at the time," he said. Ximians Perr pointed out that the firm would continue to offer CorporateConnect, its hosted service for those companies that want the convenience of hosting or are looking to start with smaller deployments. Ameradas Davis said he had already bought a server on which to run the Red Carpet Enterprise solution—a Dell PowerEdge 1650—and would be phasing in the rollout, one group of systems at a time. Over the next few weeks, the new Ximian package will be installed on 32 new systems, followed by a rollout to existing Ximian clients. While it is not functionally that different than the existing solution, one key change is that management of the server has moved to the customer, who can now point clients to their server rather than to Ximians. "The whole interface is also much easier to use and, for me, is quicker and easier to manage. The security aspect is not the key factor to me," he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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