HP Inks Subscription Agreements with Novell, Red Hat
The deals will consolidate and expand HP's existing Linux use agreements with the vendors.Hewlett-Packard Co. has signed new multiyear global subscription agreements with both Novell Inc. and Red Hat Inc. that will consolidate and expand HPs existing Linux use agreements with the two vendors. "In a nutshell, what this does is take internal Linux usage at HP up a notch. While there are currently more than 15,000 Linux-based systems in use within the company, these are umbrella license agreements for the whole company and allow us to build and deploy internal Linux systems and solutions more easily and more rapidly," Efrain Rovira, HPs worldwide director of Linux marketing in Houston, told eWEEK on Wednesday. While Rovira declined to detail the specifics of the deal or its cost, he did say that "at this point in time, it is mostly around the operating systems. I cant disclose how many licenses were involved and how much we paid, but we bought enough to consolidate all of our existing licenses under one agreement as well as provide for significant growth beyond that," he said.
HP currently uses Linux for a variety of internal tasks such as managing its corporate directory, synchronizing its wireless network, managing its DNS infrastructure, expediting core firmware development, providing secure instant messaging worldwide, and handling more than 3TB of incoming mail a year.