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Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance Powers Mission-Critical Applications with Red Hat Solutions

Government institution selects Red Hat Enterprise Linux for reliability and performance

RALEIGH, N.C.

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance has selected Red Hat solutions to power the organization's mission-critical applications. The Ministry selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux for reliability and heightened performance, and is utilizing the solution as the main platform for many of its critical applications, including its Service Personale Tesoro (SPT) application, which runs on one of the most popular Italian government websites.

Providing applications like SPT on the web is a mission-critical task for the Ministry of Economics and Revenues, because it enables us to reach a growing number of users. SPT provides a means for citizens to receive important public services with the comfort and the ease-of-use enabled by the Internet, said Marcello Niceforo, executive director, Integrated IT Systems Service, Ministry of Economics and Revenues. It was vital for us to find a reliable solution that would be able to provide us with a cutting-edge solution, bringing together the highest security and advanced performance. We found all of these benefits with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The collaboration between Red Hat and the Italian Ministry extends beyond accessing applications through the web, as a number of additional significant enterprise applications are now also running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Applications such as accounting packages for generating payslips - both electronic and print - for more than 1.5 million state employees rely heavily on Red Hat solutions. Red Hat Enterprise Linux also powers many of the Italian Ministry's production databases, including Oracle and MySQL, on which a number of business applications insist.

The Ministry of Economics and Revenues' choice to utilize Red Hat solutions further emphasizes the relevancy and effectiveness of Red Hat's open source solutions for the government sector, said Gianni Anguilletti, country sales manager at Red Hat Italy. In a time of digital democracy, the Internet channel plays a key role for any public body. To have the Ministry choose Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the foundation for many of its web activities is a testament to the quality of our offer.

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