Press release

Italian Court Selects Red Hat Solutions for Core IT Applications

Corte dei Conti relies on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to safeguard public finance and maintain jurisdictional order in Italy

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Corte dei Conti, an Italian government institution that safeguards public finance and guarantees the respect of jurisdictional order in Italy, has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its server farm, consisting mainly of HP BL20 G3 and BL20 G2 blade servers. Corte dei Conti's Red Hat solution is integrated with multiple different internal systems, including Oracle software largely used in the Court's IT system.

Corte dei Conti pursues its roles of safeguarding public finance and guaranteeing the respect of jurisdictional order through two functions: the audit function and the jurisdictional function. It is also responsible for the "a priori" audit of the legality of Government acts and for the "a posteriori" audit of the State Budget's management.

Corte dei Conti maintains an extensive number of Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based servers that run many of the Court's most critical systems and applications. These systems include SISP, an integrated system for sections and proxy; SIRTEL, a digital reporting system for local entities; a proxy farm based on Squid with three balanced servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux; an Oracle Collaboration Suite for workgroup and email systems; and a database farm and application server farm for centralization.

"We selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux because we wanted to combine the flexibility ensured by open source with high-level services delivered by a solid and reliable company with a strong local presence," said Dott. Ing. Leandro Gelasi, Corte dei Conti - U.R.S.I.A. - Area Sistemi, Network e Centro Unico dei Servizi (CUS). "Red Hat solutions integrate perfectly with our existing Oracle systems and guarantee performance and reliability without impacting our bottom line."

"Being selected by Corte dei Conti confirms the value of our strategy for public administration, investing in human and logistics resources to better satisfy the specific requirements of this market segment," said Gianni Anguilletti, country sales manager at Red Hat Italy. "Our Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform again confirms its ability to provide performance and reliability for systems that are absolutely mission-critical for our institutions."

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