Selected for a pilot project to replace Sun Microsystems software and hardware, the Linux thin clients and servers will be used to lower hardware maintainence costs, take advantage of the thousands of open source applications available for Linux, and to ensure the student to computer ratio remains at near two to one. Manufactured by Symbio Technologies LLC of New Rochelle, New York, 122 thin clients will be easily deployed and managed from four Linux servers using Symbio Technologies recently released Symbiont Management Suite.
Leveraging the unparalleled low cost of open source software, Linux thin client computing centralizes computing power, storage, applications and data on a Linux server, providing users with a lower cost device that is easy to install, while all maintenance and updates are handled from the server.
NWCSD #16 had a requirement to replace their Sun Rays and Enterprise server systems, which have proven to be expensive to maintain, said Brian Zammit, Vice-President of Systems Aligned. Systems Aligned provided the ideal solution because Linux thin clients leverage commodity hardware, the great functionality and strength of Linux, and simplified management to keep initial and recurring costs low. Linux and open source software is a great solution for a difficult problem.
The Linux thin clients and servers will be intergrated into the existing mixed environment of Windows and Sun systems. Software from CodeWeavers Inc. will be utilized to deliver Windows web browser plugins to Linux web browsing. All other applications the students will use will be open source software available from the Internet. Based on the successful completion of the pilot project, Systems Aligned will be completely replacing NWCSD #16's 789 Sun Rays with Linux thin clients and servers.
About Systems Aligned
Systems Aligned Inc. is a professional Linux IT services company providing consulting, implementation, technical support and training services. Systems Aligned is successfully deploying Linux and open source software solutions for businesses and educational institutions looking to migrate from expensive proprietary offerings. Founded in 2000, Systems Aligned is headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
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