COLT Telecommunications France, a provider of telecom services for more than 50,000 business customers, is using server technology from Red Hat as part of its infrastructure.

Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) said Monday before the markets opened that COLT was utilizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux on some 400 of its servers. COLT said the use of the open source application would be expanded across several hundred more servers.

COLT operates a network across 13 countries in 32 European cities and maintains 12 data centers.

“We wanted a reliable, enterprise-class Linux distribution, both for software producers and for use with applications,” said Gilles Marec, Unix administrator for the data center solutions department at Colt, in a statement. “Support for Oracle was also a requirement. Another essential aspect was the possibility of being able to carry out updates and patch applications on a regular basis, in accordance with our very strict policy on security. Red Hat Satellite Server offers us enormous flexibility and allows us to save a considerable amount of time.”

Red Hat Satellite Server is a network management tool.

COLT providers a variety of information technology services, including web hosting and disaster recovery.

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