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PR: SuSE Linux Goes to Church

Mar 06, 2003, 17:30 (13 Talkback[s])

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The Evangelical Church of Hessen and Nassau (Germany) has migrated nearly 200 branch offices and 5,000 users from Microsoft Exchange Server to SuSE Linux Openexchange, according to a press announcement from SuSE Linux.

The church is using SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4 to upgrade its existing infrastructure--consolidating and unifying hardware and software and centralizing administration and backup.

SuSE Linux partnered with NorCom Information Technology to develop a cost-effective and highly available system for the church. According to Günther Lietz, IT Manager, Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau (EKHN), today's modern church needs an efficient, IT infrastructure to facilitate efficient communications between church offices, enabling it to more easily respond to increasing parishioner needs. With SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4, the Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau can now organize this multi-layered communication securely.

"We selected this solution because it is both inexpensive and future proof -- offering us lots of options for the future," said Lietz. "In this way, we establish a joint communication platform for parishes, deaconry centers, activity centers, and nursery schools in the EKHN."

"By partnering with Norcom, we were able to quickly supply the church with a reliable, secure and cost effective platform on which to build their next generation infrastructure," said Petra Heinrich, vice president, Partner Sales & Services, SuSE Linux. "Moving forward, the church has the flexibility to leverage the best technology for their needs."

"The migration worked smoothly," said Olaf Schmid, Account Manager, NorCom Information Technology AG. "A number of special software components ensures the smooth migration without any data loss. And that is what counts."

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