Trinity College lines up Linux anti-virus deal


14 Oct 2003

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Trinity College Dublin has signed a deal with a US-based e-security firm to deploy a scalable Linux anti-virus system across its enterprise-class email systems for students and administrative staff.

The leading university has entered into a deal with Central Command, a US provider of anti-virus solutions for Linux, to deploy the software provider’s Vexira technology to protect its email infrastructure against viruses.

Privately-held Central Command is well known within the anti-virus software community and its technology ranges from solutions for home PCs to large industrial, financial, government and education implementations.

TCD is understood to have selected the software on the basis of its efficiency in detecting virus and prompt technical support services.

Paul Reilly, systems programmer at Trinity College Dublin explained: “It was important for Trinity College being a leading technology research centre in Europe to select the best possible virus scanner for our Linux-based email gateways.

“We receive hundreds of thousands of email messages per day, which are critical to the day-to-day operation of the university. We undertook an extensive evaluation of the leading anti-virus products and their suitability to our Unix-based environment,” he added.

“We decided to go with Vexira because of its seamless integration with Linux, its ability to scale to large volumes of email, and the excellent support we received from Central Command,” Reilly said.

By John Kennedy