Hardware manufacturer Bull Infrastructure & Systems is uniting multi-vendor technologies to sell a pre-configured server-based system to local government.
Bull will put its badge on the [email protected] which uses distributed computing software from Citrix, storage technology from EMC and Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system to provide a server-based computing system that the company says can be quickly implemented.
The manufacturer claims that the new system is ideally suited to meet the UK Online targets set by central government.
Jonathan Eales, open systems marketing manager at Bull, said that Whitehall's e-strategy is encouraging local governments to move towards using the internet to make it easy for citizens to access e-services.
"Server-based computing will help local government because it will better use the existing infrastructure and make applications available to citizens in a controlled and secure way," he explained. P>"This is good for local governments that want to offer existing applications to users over the web," said James McNab, director of global enterprise alliances, Europe, Middle East and Africa, at Citrix.
The company is also targeting [email protected] at financial companies, but says that it only plans to sell about 14 of the products in the first six months of next year. It anticipates that the majority of sales will be to local government.
"During the current slowdown financial companies have realised that managing all clients is difficult and expensive. They are now looking for a simplification of client management," said Eales.
He added that [email protected] achieves this, and offers rapid deployment with a quick return on investment.
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