The Swedish State Pharmacy Chooses Red Hat Enterprise Linux For Nationwide Chain of 900 Pharmacies


United States, September 18, 2007

Apoteket migrates its existing server platform, in-house developed ERP-system ATS, from SPARC-based Solaris servers to new Intel hardware running Red Hat Enterprise Linux to reduce cost of ownership/TCO

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Apoteket (The Swedish State Pharmacy), Sweden's largest state-owned pharmacy chain, has chosen to replace all of its servers at approximately 900 pharmacies with Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on Intel hardware.

Apoteket's server infrastructure was slowly reaching end of life and experiencing performance issues as a consequence of age. After careful evaluation, Apoteket made the decision to replace both the hardware platform and the server operating system with Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on Intel-based servers. Following the purchase, all servers at approximately 900 pharmacies will be replaced with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

When you are dealing with people's health, you really do need an IT system that both the pharmacy and patients can rely on, said Anders Persson, IT manager at Apoteket. We put high demands on the quality of applications, availability and cost efficiency. The switch to Red Hat Enterprise Linux is part of a strategy to offer our customers the best possible access and service, while cutting costs and modernizing our IT infrastructure.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in combination with the new hardware, brings several advantages to Apoteket including low cost of ownership, solid performance and a large selection of software and open source alternatives that enhance development opportunities. The change also allows the Pharmacy to decrease its dependency on a single hardware or software provider and gain the flexibility to select and reselect the technology that offers the best price and performance in the future.

Sweden's nationwide network of state-owned pharmacies investing in open source clearly demonstrates the value and flexibility that is acknowledged around the world in all types of businesses, said Werner Knoblich, vice president and general manager for EMEA at Red Hat. We see significant interest among government agencies and other large organizations and corporations in the region in a number of industry segments such as telecommunications and construction.

Apoteket, in collaboration with the Red Hat Support team, has performed extensive tests of the new platform with positive results. The deployment of the new Linux platform was completed at the end of June 2007 and is now in full motion.

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