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Uppsala, Sweden -- 20 February 2008 -- Fronter, a leading provider of online e-learning solutions, has chosen to base its new open platform on MySQL and other open source software products -- making it possible to satisfy customer demands for scalability and easy integration with other systems. This investment means a complete transition to platforms with open source code.
Fronter, headquartered in Norway, has enjoyed tremendous success with its learning platform for the education sector. Today, more than 3.8 million users in over 3,000 learning institutions in the UK, Europe and Nordic countries utilise the system to streamline both teaching and collaboration.
"We see several advantages with MySQL's software, which is easily scalable and offers reliable and stable functionality," says Roger Larsen, CEO of Fronter. "On a daily basis, our system's MySQL database handles up to 400,000 logins and an average of 20 million page views. We currently also support a proprietary database, but plan to phase it out and replace it with open source code. Evidence indicates that an open source codebase is easier and more affordable to set in operation and administer."
Fronter's new platform is entirely based on open standards and open source software products – the platform itself is also open to customers. This open strategy is an important part of the company’s business goals."It means that we can always offer competitive prices and satisfy our customers’ requirements, that we can support new technology and integration with other systems. This is crucial for our customers," Roger Larsen explains.
The Swedish Chalmers School of Continuing and Professional Studies, in charge of the university's commissioned courses and programmes, has been using Fronter’s platform for several years.
"Fronter's open philosophy and foundation in open source code was a primary factor when we selected the system since we required the option of integrating the platform with our own systems," says Hugo Landgren, Programme Designer, Chalmers School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Magnus Stenberg, head of sales for MySQL AB in Scandinavia, comments:
"We are proud that Fronter has decided to expand with our database. Just a few years ago, it was relatively uncommon for companies to build solutions around open source, but the trend has shifted and is now driven by both the technical and business advantages of open solutions."
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MySQL is the world's most popular open source database software. Many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software -- including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube and Booking.com.
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