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Commerce Dept. Signs up For Red Hat

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) is buying $8 million worth of Red Hat's Linux software and services. The deal was awarded through Red Hat reseller DLT Solutions, which has been a Red Hat partner since 2000.

The DoC signed a "Blanket Purchase Agreement" (BPA) with Herndon, Va.-based DLT Solutions for Red Hat software and services to be obtained from June 1, 2005, to May 31, 2008, and "is not to exceed $8 million." Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Global File System and Red Hat Network products and services are all part of the deal.

All of the DoC's 15 agencies, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Census Bureau, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), can use Red Hat products through the agreement.

"Establishing this agreement will help the DoC leverage economies of scale for Linux across all the bureaus," said Rita Casazza, CIO Liaison and chair of the Consolidated Infrastructure Team at the DoC, in a statement. "We're optimistic about the benefits of using Red Hat to reduce costs and increase efficiency."

Red Hat is no stranger to U.S. government deployments, with reported installations at the Department of Energy Labs, NOAA, the General Services Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Defense Department.

Earlier this year, Red Hat established a new government business unit to target government business.