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Penguin power for LIC.

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) is all set to implement Red Hat Enterprise Linux across its desktops and servers. LIC will completely migrate all its mission-critical business applications to Red Hat Enterprise Linux across all its locations in India and abroad.

The country’s largest insurance player will deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux across its 2,048 branches, 100 divisional offices, seven zonal offices, head office, subsidiary offices and overseas locations. The Linux deployment will provide LIC with a uniform operating system environment, along with security for its core application software. The implementation will also include utilisation of enterprise-layered solutions through Linux servers for management, provisioning and monitoring of the Red Hat Network.

LIC develops all its software in-house at its software development centre (SDC) in Mumbai. The migration to Red Hat will allow LIC’s IT department the freedom and flexibility to focus on the development of its core business applications, leaving the management of the operating system to Red Hat.

Said S K Kapahi, Executive Director, IT, LIC, “Red Hat helped us migrate from a Unix to a Linux platform two years ago.” The SDC was previously managing both the development and maintenance of applications along with maintenance of the operating system. Now with business growing exponentially, SDC has to focus more on the development of newer business applications and providing flexibility to the existing ones.

“It resulted in difficulty in maintaining the operating system. With this implementation, our SDC can now focus on core business applications and leave the management of the entire operating system infrastructure to Red Hat,” explained Kapahi.

 
     
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