Directorate of Information Technology, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has chosen Open Source tools to handle its network and related services (DNS, Firewall, MTA, etc.). Since early 2004, the team in charge of these services has benefited from reinforcements, which has allowed the organization to broaden its scope and meet customer needs on the following points:

All applications are shared across 25 Linux servers — 21 running the stable release of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, and 4 running the Red Hat distribution — with over 3,000 clients.

Debian was the natural choice given its quality and stability since 1999. This choice allows us to apply the following strict upgrade policy, ensuring the efficiency of the Council of Europe's information system: