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[Fsfe-uk] Samaritans goes Linux with IBM and Trustix

From: Paul Mobbs
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] Samaritans goes Linux with IBM and Trustix
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 15:54:02 +0000
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Samaritans goes Linux with IBM and Trustix

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Date:   Tue, 3 Dec 2002 14:13:46 +0100

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Samaritans goes Linux with IBM and Trustix

London, UK - 3rd December 2002 - The emotional support charity, Samaritans,
has chosen Trustix and IBM to incorporate Linux based security solutions into
the charity's expanding IT infrastructure. The charity is already using SuSe
Professional Linux distribution. 

Samaritans is installing a four zone Trustix Firewall on an IBM eServer x305
and a Trustix Proxy Server on an IBM eServer x300 server.  

Security and Linux specialists Nouveau Solutions recommended the Trustix and
IBM solution, as they were aware of the charity's need to provide more
computing power but keep IT costs as low as possible. Nouveau were also aware
of a heightened interest in securing a new source of confidential data in the
form of the new Samaritans' email support service. 

People in emotional distress can now contact trained Samaritans volunteers by
e-mail.  Currently 80 of the charity's 203 branches throughout the UK and
Republic of Ireland offer the service, with more set to come online in the
coming months. Samaritans volunteers give people the time and space to find a
way forward from their emotional distress in total confidence and without
judgment, whatever the situation. Mike Hermon, IS Manager at Samaritans
explained: "An e-mail is sent in confidence to a single address,
address@hidden, and administered centrally. Network security provided by
the IBM / Trustix solution is essential to maintain total safety and
confidentiality for our e-mail callers."

Mike Hermon, continued: "One of the great challenges for computing in any
charity is to provide more for less. Linux based solutions such as those from
Trustix and IBM offer all the benefits of low cost and efficient use of
resources associated with Linux backed up by names you can trust". 
 "The decision to implement the Trustix Linux Solution on IBM servers was
taken because they offer a very cost efficient and solid reliable solution
with a very user friendly front end and configuration tools." Hermon
expanded:  "As the IT team is fairly small the fact that the products are
easy to get up and running and require little training made Trustix a very
attractive proposition to Samaritans".

"Samaritans' trust in the solutions is a testament to the reliable, cost
effective and easy to use products we offer." noted James Dean UK Sales
Director of Trustix. "Adoption of Linux in the mainstream is gathering
momentum and Samaritans' choice is a reflection of that".

"Together, IBM and Trustix can help Samaritans reduce their total cost of
ownership with an open platform on industry standard servers." said David
Valentine, IBM Linux Sales Executive, Europe, Middle East and Africa.  "Linux
on IBM eServer xSeries systems is designed to help SMB's with security and

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Paul Mobbs, Mobbs' Environmental Investigations,
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