Rosenergoatom, a part of Rosatom, has allocated RUB 136.6 million for the purchase of the domestic Astra Linux operating system. In addition to operating system licenses, the concern requires employee training, which includes consulting on how to log in, complete work in the system, and use electronic trading platforms. It is worth noting that all of Rosatom has started massively switching to Astra Linux since 2020, and perhaps this choice is final.
Rosenergoatom has chosen a single one
As CNews found out, the Rosenergoatom concern, a subsidiary of the Rosatom state Corporation, will purchase licenses for the Russian Astra Linux operating system. Tender with a maximum contract price of RUB 136.6 million. It was published on the public procurement website on July 30, 2021. Applications will be accepted until August 16, summing up the results is scheduled for September 13.
According to the terms of reference, Rosenergoatom requires a perpetual Astra Linux Common Edition license of at least 2.12 for 26 subsidiaries of the concern. In 2021, the state customer plans to purchase just over 6.2 thousand licenses, in 2022 — just over 4.1 thousand.
In addition, the list of services provided by the contractor includes technical support for the operating system, as well as consulting users of 14 enterprises. The list of questions for consultation includes introduction to the Astra Linux OS family, login, shutdown, as well as work with state information systems and electronic trading platforms using crypto funds.
At the time of publication of the material, representatives of the concern could not answer the question of CNews about whether Rosenergoatom is switching to using exclusively the Astra Linux OS.
No alternative to Astra
In 2020 Rostatom has no alternative to purchasing Astra Linux OS with technical support for a total amount of 820 million rubles. According to the procurement legislation, state-owned companies are limited in their ability to directly indicate a specific trademark (or other means of individualization)when describing the subject of purchase without the equivalent clause. Therefore, Rostatom then conducted a "simplified procurement", which in the tender documents was equated with the purchase from a single supplier.
Currently, the "daughter" of Rosatom conducts a standard open tender and attaches to the documents a decision on the impossibility of using analogues of the purchased clearly spelled-out operating system. According to the document, Astra Linux software cannot be replaced to ensure compatibility with previously purchased and partially implemented operating systems in Rosenergoatom organizations.
Why Astra Linux
Mass use of Astra Linux in Rosenergoatom began at the end of 2020. The share of the concern then accounted for 4250 distributions. In 2021, the implementation of Astra Linux in Rosenergoatom continued. At the end of July, the concern reported on its website that Astra Linux is already used by more than 10 thousand people. its employees.
Representatives of Greenatom (an IT integrator of the nuclear industry, part of Rosatom) previously explained to CNews the choice of Rosatom in favor of this product with the accumulated experience of using Astra Linux by the state corporation, as well as "the inadmissibility of stopping a number of systems operating on this OS."
"The choice was made taking into account additional testing at the sites of Greenatom and Consist OS" – the CNews interlocutors added at the time. — "All major developers of domestic operating systems were invited to participate in the testing. The advantages of Astra Linux also include extensive experience in implementing the system in Russia and the largest competence center for OS support among Russian companies."