FreeBSD in finance sector

Kaya Saman kayasaman at
Fri Sep 7 18:34:40 UTC 2012

On 09/07/2012 07:17 PM, Polytropon wrote:
> On Fri, 07 Sep 2012 18:55:49 +0100, Kaya Saman wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Does anyone know of any financial firms or banks that run FreeBSD?
>> I have been instructed to research this for the firm I work at as I am
>> trying to get the senior management to switch over from Linux as our
>> current network is in shambles.
> There is a good chance that networking equipment they use
> (e. g. firewalls, routers, gateways, encryption appliances)
> run FreeBSD internally, or a system derived from it and
> turned into closed source (which the BSD license explicitely
> allows). Probably you won't have a chance to verify this.
> For running actual services (not sure _what_ you are running),
> FreeBSD might be as good as Linux, maybe even better. It can
> also serve as storage solution or networking subsystem for
> various kinds of "client OSes".
> Probably banks won't tell you what they run. Some run IBM
> mainframe systems (which you can "recognize" when looking
> at screens you're not supposed to look at). Any information
> more precise than just my assumptions can only be provided
> by insiders or service contractors who know the actual
> infrastructures. Banks and financial firms tend to _not_
> publish what they run.
Thanks for the response!

I agree and understand this, hence I am not allowed to give away details 
of where I work etc.... but I can state that we are using an aging Linux 
(CentOS) based architecture for our systems and as the new boy in town 
have made a big campaign to run a mixture of FreeBSD and Sun SPARC 
systems as AIX seems to be a big pain in the assets to admin.



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