Columbian telco cut costs, improved disaster recovery with open source technologies.

Colombian telecom operator UNE EPM cut its operating, support and maintenance costs quite a bit when it moved from an aging directory server on a proprietary Unix platform—costs that were eating into its profits. A switch to an open source Linux platform changed the dynamic, and you can read more it in this case study.

The telecommunications provider, headquartered in Medellin, Colombia, operates in several segments including fixed telephony, pay TV and fixed broadband in Colombia. The company also offers mobile telephony services. Since UNE implemented Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Directory Server, costs have come down an estimated 50 percent. Not only that, the switch improved UNE’s disaster-recovery capabilities.

The experience with Red Hat has led UNE to more widespread adoption of Red Hat solutions. “Red Hat technology is a fundamental pillar within the company’s IT standards and has given us the ability to carry out major projects in a timely manner,” said Julián Andrés Vélez Muñóz, IDC, applications and convergent services for UNE, in the case study.

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