Evangelical Church selects SUSE Linux: Church migrates 200 offices to SUSE Openexchange from Microsoft Exchange

July 22, 2011

The Evangelical Church of Hessen and Nassau (Germany) has migrated nearly 200 branch offices and 5,000 users from Microsoft Exchange Server to SUSE Linux Openexchange, SUSE Linux announced today.

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The church will use SUSE Linux Openexchange Server 4 to upgrade its existing infrastructure -- consolidating and unifying hardware and software and centralizing administration and backup. SUSE Linux Openexchange Server 4 is a modular all-in-one communication and groupware package that combines the technical advantages of the SUSE Linux operating system with the versatility of a complete groupware solution.

SUSE Linux partnered with NorCom Information Technology, one of the leading solution providers for secure e-business -- with subsidiaries in Germany, Scandinavia, and the US - to develop a cost effective, stabile, and highly available system for the church.

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According to Günther Lietz, IT Manager, Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau, today's modern church needs an efficient, cost effective IT infrastructure to facilitate efficient communications between church offices - enabling them to more easily respond to increasing parishioner needs. With SUSE Linux Openexchange Server 4, the Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau can now organize this multi-layered communication securely -- and cost effectively.

"We selected this solution because it is both inexpensive and future proof -- offering us lots of options for the future," said Lietz. "In this way, we establish a joint communication platform for parishes, deaconry centers, activity centers, and nursery schools in the EKHN (Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau)."

"By partnering with Norcom, we were able to quickly supply the church with a reliable, secure and cost effective platform on which to build their next generation infrastructure," said Petra Heinrich, VP Partner Sales & Services, SUSE Linux. "Moving forward, the church has the flexibility to leverage the best technology for their needs."

"The migration worked smoothly," said Olaf Schmid, Account Manager, NorCom Information Technology AG. "A number of special software components ensures the smooth migration without any data loss. And that is what counts."

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