Commerce to buy Linux through purchase agreement

The Commerce Department has awarded a blanket purchase agreement to DLT Solutions for Red Hat software and services. Commerce personnel will be able to buy Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other products and services through the BPA, with DLT serving as the reseller.

The agreement expires May 31, 2008, and carries an $8 million ceiling.

Commerce has used Linux since the mid 1990s and has benefited from the community-supported version since its adoption, said Rita Casazza, chair of the department's consolidayed infrastructure team and liaison between the team and the chief information officer.

"Establishing this agreement will help the DOC leverage economies of scale for Linux across all the bureaus," she said. "We're optimistic about the benefits of using Red Hat to reduce costs and increase efficiency."

Under the agreement, all fifteen agencies within the DOC can use the BPA. Commerce agencies include the Bureau of the Census, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Patent and Trademark Office and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Technology journalist Michael Hardy is a former FCW editor.

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