Vendor: Open Systems Help During Financial Crisis

With budget cuts across industries, yet high demand for service quality, the current global financial crisis is seen as "the perfect occasion" for the integration of open systems with proprietary software.

With budget cuts across industries, yet high demand for service quality, the current global financial crisis is seen as "the perfect occasion" for the integration of open systems with proprietary software.

"We see this crisis as the marriage between open source and proprietary software, a synergy of both," said Anson Uy, president and founder of Touch Solutions Inc., an open systems solutions provider.

Uy claimed using open systems is the best way to develop software. In fact, his company has made it a mission to lead the industry in the use, adoption, development, and propagation of open systems enterprise-class solutions.

"Not only it is efficient but most of all cost-effective since open systems is free," Uy added.

However, Uy clarified they are not campaigning against proprietary software or the exclusive adoption of open systems.

"We simply believe the integration of both is the best way to go," he said. "We're doing this because customers are demanding their marriage."

Uy, along with Boom Villaba, vice president of sales in Touch Solutions, announced that their company is ready in providing Oracle Enterprise Linux solutions, including the selling of Oracle Unbreakable Linux Support for businesses of all sizes.

"With this new offering, we hope to help organizations achieve a cost-effective, flexible and efficient IT foundation that promotes faster development and lower maintenance costs through reusable services," Uy said.

Boom said Oracle Unbreakable Linux delivers enterprise-class support for Linux with premier backports, comprehensive management, cluster software, indemnification, testing and more--all at significantly lower cost.

"Oracle Unbreakable Linux is a support program. It is not a distribution," Boom explained. "Oracle Enterprise Linux, however, is another distribution. It supports any enterprise Linux."

During a recent press conference at the Mandarin Hotel in Makati City, Touch executives demonstrated the Oracle VM (virtual machine), meant to create virtual machines and automate them. For example, they showed how Windows XP ran on Linux.

"With Oracle VM you don't need to buy proprietary software licenses for each user's PC but they can use the software if they're connected to the Oracle VM that has it," Boom said. "It's like extracting the juice from that box."

Uy said while most of their clients are the bigger financial and telecommunications companies, Touch Solutions would also be tapping SMEs (small and medium enterprises) for the Oracle Enterprise Linux subscription products.

"Targeting the SMEs in 2009 would most definitely be timely because a lot of these companies will be looking for smart solutions to help them cut on expenses, especially on these hard economic times," Uy said.

Touch Solutions likewise believes that the partnership with Oracle will help strengthen its ground on promulgating open systems enterprise-class solutions.

Aside from consulting and first-level support services, Touch Solutions also offers back-up and security solutions, as well as training for open source.

Uy said Touch Solutions is formed by certified IT professionals who are on a 24/7 standby and the company is ready to increase such personnel as customers would increase in the future.

This story, "Vendor: Open Systems Help During Financial Crisis" was originally published by Computerworld.

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