Data synchronisation company PeerDirect has introduced Linux support for its Distributed Enterprise software, following customer demand.
The software, which automatically synchronises and distributes corporate data and applications across locations, was previously deployed only on Windows.
"PeerDirect has been getting involved with larger and larger projects with bigger companies," Britt Johnston, chief technology officer at PeerDirect Corporation told vnunet.com.
"They were increasingly asking for a Linux server per office."
He explained that a medium distribution might be 700 sites. To support Linux previously would have meant a Windows system at each remote site in order to handle periods without connection to the central system.
Distributed Enterprise includes centralised tools for easy administration. Access to databases and applications on non-Windows environments was previously available, but only through standard application programming interfaces.
The technology allows data synchronisation between a combination of databases, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Sybase, Progress, Informix and open source PostgreSQL.
For instance, an application using Oracle on one system can be synchronised with the same application using PostgreSQL on another. This includes mobiles using Windows or Linux where loss of connection is common.
Open source software is increasingly finding a place in the business world.
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