Skanska, a large construction conglomerate based in Sweden, has switched to Red Hat Linux from a Unix solution.
By making the switch, Skanska said it expected to reduce costs by 30 percent.

Skanska will use an Enterprise Linux solution from Red Hat for its information technology operations.

“Security, stability and cost efficiency are important aspects of our business. We found these qualities within the alternative solutions offered by the open source community, especially from Red Hat who provided packaged solutions that include the level of support we require. Importantly, Red Hat has extensive documented experience in enterprise solutions,” said Sara Lewerentz, who is responsible for IT infrastructure at Skanska Sweden.

The new system supports more than 5,000 users.

Red Hat also announced Tuesday that it had won a contract with the Munich International Trade Fair for its global file system to assist with web services.

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