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Tech Access promotes Tux

Local companies are beginning to investigate Linux, according to Tech Access. The company's evidence comes from its own iForce centre, which has seen an increase in the number Linux proof of concepts carried out in 2H03.

Middle East companies are beginning to investigate the potential advantages of Linux, according to Tech Access. Echoing what other vendors, such as IBM, have been saying for some time, the Sun Data centre Channels Development Provider (DCDP) suggests the open source operating system's lower costs and improved scalability are being increasingly seen as an alternative to Microsoft Windows by local users.

Tech Access' evidence comes from its own iForce solutions centre, which provides companies with facilities to 'test before they invest'. According to the DCDP, several proof of concept solutions for Linux have been run at the centre during the second half of 2003.

"There's been a definite increase in the number of companies looking at Linux over the past six months," says Martyn Molnar, business solutions architect, Tech Access. "Our partners have brought customers to us which are looking to test Linux in a variety of arenas. What's interesting is the broad variety of organisations looking at Linux and the wide range of areas they are looking to deploy it in," he adds.

Tech Access is currently examining a number of options for extending the support for Linux in the Arab world. One idea under discussion is to host regular meetings of a Linux User Group at the Tech Access Solutions Centre, enabling organisations and technologists to exchange ideas, experiences and build improvements into the open source.

"It's important that the Solutions Centre should support innovation and investigation in the Middle East technology and business community," says Quentin Cornelius, chief operating officer, Tech Access.

"Many businesses are aware of Linux and its potential for reducing total cost of ownership, but they're looking for validation and research into the area before they decide to invest in it. We hope that the Solutions Centre can play a major role in providing the evidence that can support the continued growth of Linux in the Middle East," he adds.

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