Tux eyes the SMB market

Opennet MEA, Red Hat Linux's Middle East partner has launched a new 'SMB Ready' turnkey solution targeted at small and medium sized businesses (SMB). The US$2,294 offer includes a host of server and client applications with free implementation and support.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  July 27, 2004

Opennet, master distributor for Red Hat in the Middle East and Africa, has announced the availability of Red Hat SMB Ready turnkey solution, a special networking package for small and medium sized businesses (SMB) aimed at offering this market segment a comprehensive, manageable and scalable open source solution. Opennet MEA, which started operations last year to distribute the 10-year old Linux distribution is bundling one Red Hat Enterprise Server, ten desktop licenses and management modules along with one network proxy server as a part of the offer with one year of an 8/5 (eight hours, five days a week) support. “Open source technology offers SMBs more flexibility, lower operating costs while providing a platform for expanding networks and running a broad range of solutions and office applications,” says Tewfik Zitouni, managing director of Opennet MEA. Priced at US$2,294 —20% cheaper than it’s usual pricing it includes free implementation and configuration. Applications include firewall, mail, web, file and print servers and office suite. Opennet is also offering free anti-virus software to protect any Windows clients on the network. “It is very simple to administer, manage and update from an end-user perspective. We understand that SMBs need to focus on their core business and should not have to worry about the security, management and cost of their IT infrastructure,” adds Zitouni.

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