Ximian to Roll Out
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.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 solutiona Dell PowerEdge 1650and 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.
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.