LVM Converts 10,000 Corporate Desktops to Ubuntu with Services from Canonical

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Canonical today announced the successful migration of 10,000 desktops to Ubuntu by German Insurance company LVM Versicherung. The project was undertaken with consulting from Canonical’s professional services team and will receive ongoing support from the Canonical support team. LVM decided to convert to Ubuntu thanks to the Ubuntu project’s ongoing commitment to the desktop as well as the reassurance of the quality and availability of the right support services from the project sponsor, Canonical.

“Many companies are waking up to the realization that there is an alternative to an endless cycle of license fees that can amount to millions of dollars. We believe that the investment that LVM has made in engaging with Canonical and converting to Ubuntu will pay off many times.”

“We needed a Linux-based desktop client that had a clear and future commitment to the desktop to ensure that we were getting the type of hardware coverage we needed,” said Werner Schmidt, CIO at LVM Versicherung. “Ubuntu was an obvious choice once we were convinced by Canonical of its ability to scale and the company’s commitment to support businesses pursuing our Linux client strategy. Ubuntu has been deployed in our company for some time now for a range of use cases – and we’re very impressed with what we’ve seen.”

The ability to support a wide range of new desktop configurations with strong peripheral support was key for LVM to give them a choice between hardware suppliers. Software support was also key. Lotus Notes, Open Office.org and Adobe Reader are standard applications already in use at LVM and are fully supported by Ubuntu. The primary application (LAS) for most users was LVM’s own Java-based application for insurance claim processing. With little effort, LVM was able to use the application on Ubuntu and ensure a successful switchover. Ubuntu supports the mobile, “always on” use of LVM’s LAS Application while their agents take care of their customers in their living rooms.

LVM migrated over 10,000 laptop and desktop systems in two main phases; first, more than 7,000 systems in LVM’s agencies all over Germany, then approximately 3,000 systems at the company’s headquarters in Münster.

“Ubuntu as a corporate desktop solution is beginning to gain real momentum,” said Steve George, vice president of Business Development at Canonical. “Many companies are waking up to the realization that there is an alternative to an endless cycle of license fees that can amount to millions of dollars. We believe that the investment that LVM has made in engaging with Canonical and converting to Ubuntu will pay off many times.”

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