DE: Munich shows business case of virtualisation and open source
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The example of the city of Munich has shown that combining virtualisation and web based applications results in an open and flexible computing platform, independent from IT vendors. Such a switch requires political, management and staff support.
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In this regard, Peter Hofmann, project leader for Munich's Limux project said: "If the majority of applications is platform independent and the rest is running on terminal servers, then there is no need to use proprietary desktops."
Mr Hofmann presented the results of Munich's migration to a vendor independent and open source-based IT architecture, at the Linuxtag conference, held in Berlin, on 23 May 2012. In his presentation 'How to make the Linux desktop business-ready', he showed how the city's IT department now supports four different IT operating modes:
The latter is needed in order to run applications that are not yet available on Linux, or that cannot be made accessible in other ways.
While moving to this open source architecture, Munich managed to reduce the number of software applications it uses by 15 %. "A long list of applications is no longer needed", said Mr Hofmann.
Furthermore, he stated that Munich began preparing and examining its switch to a vendor independent IT architecture eleven years ago. "The organisation and the plan must be compatible", he said, adding that the key requirements for success are support by the politicians, communication and standardisation. "The civil administration's staff must be motivated and ready to take on new tasks and willing to adapt to novel ways to cooperate."
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