Application support outsourced to Open Source services provider

Further evidence emerged today to confirm open source software's move into the mission-critical application space. Sirius Corporation, leading European open source services provider, has been charged with supporting Usborne Books at Home's web-based business intelligence systems running on Linux.

Sirius Corporation's expert knowledge of the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) and willingness to liaise with third-party application vendors was crucial in its selection by Usborne Books at Home.

Until now the lack of truly capable, 24/7 support has prevented some organisations migrating web-based applications to Open Source platforms. Sirius Corporation has addressed this concern.

David Harte, General Manager at Usborne Books at Home said: “We selected Sirius after they demonstrated the experience and technical skills to manage major web-based applications on Linux.”

Mark Taylor, CEO of Sirius Corporation said: “ The performance and lower TCO benefits of Open Source make it the obvious choice for hosting web-based applications. Some businesses don't have the skills to manage products like Linux and Apache in-house, so they ask us to do it for them.

About Usborne Books at Home
Usborne Books at Home, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2006, is the direct sales division of award winning children's publisher, Usborne Publishing Ltd. For more information visit:

About Sirius Corporation

Sirius Corporation is a leading European open source services provider specialising in enterprise-ready open source software including MySQL, PostgreSQL and Linux. Client's include blue-chip multi-nationals and public sector organisations. For more information visit