DISA picks Linux vendor

The Defense Information Systems Agency has hired DLT Solutions Inc., of Herndon, Va., to provide Red Hat Linux open-source software to the Defense Department in support of its Enterprise Software Initiative.

Under the five-year, $29 million blanket purchase agreement, DLT will offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux AE, ES and WS software. The company also will provide maintenance support, training and consulting services.

"This agreement will have a positive impact on open source within the DOD by providing additional choices and flexibility as we continue to improve operations for the warfighter," said Dawn Lawson, software product manager for DISA.

The BPA is open to all military services, their direct-support contractors, the Coast Guard and intelligence agencies.

The goal of the Enterprise Software Initiative is to acquire and manage commercial software on an enterprise level.

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