If CERN is not actively looking for solutions, then the agency usesMicrosoftThe cost of software will increase 10 times. Emmanuel Ormancey, a system architect, wrote: "In the long run, this will be unsustainable."
In view of this, CERN decided to switch to open source alternatives and explore ways to reduce or even completely eliminate dependence on commercial software.Its objectives are as follows:
Provide the same services for CERN researchers.
Avoid locking in a supplier to reduce dependency and risk;
Ability to control data by oneself;
Ability to work out common use cases.
Ormancey explains that many other research institutions are experiencing similar dilemmas.CERN is in the lead on the basis of trying to propose cost-effective solutions.
It is reported that the project has changed from planning to deployment. Starting this summer, IT departments and volunteers will test email services and deploy them within the organization as soon as possible. In addition, Skype for Business Call Services will be launched soon.
Foreign media pointed out that CERN has reached a 10-year agreement with Microsoft to avoid a sudden increase in the cost of software use. In the meantime, the MAlt project will allow CERN personnel to migrate in a planned way.