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Bryant University Commits to Open-Source Future With IBM

Cuts Costs and Improves Performance by Consolidating on IBM Linux on POWER systems

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ARMONK, NY - 22 Sep 2005: IBM today announced that Bryant University, ranked the second most connected campus in America*, has committed to open-source computing by moving its entire data center from proprietary Sun Solaris systems to the IBM POWER(TM) microprocessor architecture with the open-source Linux® operating system. The IBM solution is the answer to Bryant's growing student body, providing the speed, reliability features and flexibility necessary to support the entire University's student information, financial, human resource, class scheduling and alumni applications. Consolidation to a total Linux on POWER infrastructure has also resulted in an up to twenty-five percent reduction in overhead costs.**

Bryant University is following a general trend in academia to advance the capabilities of applications using the Linux operating system, considered to be critical to any organization looking to build a reliable, innovative and flexible technology platform based on open-source solutions. By using the Linux OS, students are collaboratively building their computer skills foundation for application development and as a result, broadening their technical expertise for future job opportunities.

"As a small university, we are faced with the goal of staying on the leading edge of technology as an academic pursuit, while faced with the constraints of a tight budget. IBM has met these confines with an integrated solution that will also allow us to easily scale up for future growth," explained Art Gloster, Vice president for Information Services, Bryant University. "Technology is relying on open source more and more, so we are preparing our students for it in the classroom and embracing it in practice."

The new infrastructure, comprised of an integrated platform of IBM eServer p5 550 and BladeCenter JS20 systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux in conjunction with IBM TotalStorage DS4400 disk storage, was chosen for its lower total cost of operation, increased performance and ease of use. By leveraging the benefits such as Logical Partitioning (LPAR), on a Linux on POWER solution, Bryant University was able to seamlessly migrate its enterprise resource planning (ERP) application, SCT Banner, and consolidate five proprietary Solaris servers to two POWER5 systems with failover capabilities. Previously, Bryant University consolidated thirty-five Hewlett-Packard network file, print and application systems on to only six eServer xSeries and BladeCenter HS20 systems. This latest migration is planned to be complete by 2006.

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