Brazil's City of Recife bleeds Red (Hat)

Brazil is moving to Red Hat. Perhaps this is because of how Red Hat plays the open source game.

Brazil is home of joga bonitao which, loosely translated, means "beautiful play." It translates into beautiful, flowing football (soccer) that is a joy to watch.

Brazil is also the home of joga bonito in software, with open source playing a central role in the country's attempts to make IT work for it, rather than the other way around. To play in Brazilian IT, you need to "play" open source "beautifully," and not have it as a bolt-on marketing gimmick.

Perhaps this is why Brazil's City of Recife has turned to Red Hat for a wide variety of IT needs:

Before migrating to open source solutions in 1994, Emprel was struggling with several problems in its proprietary-based IT infrastructure. It was experiencing operating system instability and budget limitations with its legacy software. It turned to open source to find a reliable, stable and cost-effective solution. Over time and after exploration of various open source solutions, it selected and deployed Red Hat Linux in 1998. With Red Hat Linux, Emprel was able to make its processing solutions available online, allowing the organization to take the municipal tax and urban planning systems to the city's service centers. Then, the company updated and developed its tax, planning, health, education, budget, financial and shopping port software....

Today, most of the company's critical services have been migrated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Its IT infrastructure comprises databases including DB2, Oracle, PostgreSQL and MySQL. Its application servers include JBoss Application Server and WebSphere and it utilizes an Apache webserver and firewalls. Of Emprel's 60 servers, 50 currently run on Red Hat solutions.

Give Ronaldhino or Kaka a Red Hat t-shirt and they'd feel right at home. :-)

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