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Linux and interoperability, straight from HSBC



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April 18, 2007 3:43 pm

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Matthew O’Neill of HSBC recently spoke to Finextra.com about the bank’s use of open source software, its decision to standardize on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and improving interoperability working with Novell and Microsoft. The eight-minute interview is an interesting listen.

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  1. By:Jeff May

    They added a few SLES servers in Germany, where they would have done so even if Novell had not bought out SUSE. They did it at this time only because it would make their Linux to Windows transition easier in the long run. Did you know that they completely ripped out Netware and eDirectory in favor of Windows and AD?

    It’s a non-story and Novell ends up losing in the end on this one.

  2. By:Costa

    Hey Jeff, this is not a “non-story” for Novell. It clearly demonstrates the customer benefit of the Novell/Microsoft relationship.

    Oh by the way, 70% of the LAN 10 years ago was NetWare…this is old news, one needs to move on… the future with Linux is looking bright.

  3. Hey Jeff, this is not a “non-story” for Novell. It clearly demonstrates the customer benefit of the Novell/Microsoft relationship.

    Yer. There’s only one company benefitting, and that’s Microsoft. Many have been ripping out eDirectory and Netware for some time (that’s one of Novell’s supposed reasons for using Linux) in favour of AD because they have Windows infrastructures to start off with.

    I don’t call that a customer benefit from Novell’s perspective.

  4. By:Jeff May

    Costa,

    You didn’t really read much of what I said.

    HSBC is getting rid of eDirectory completely – regardless of what platform it currently resides upon – in favor of Active Directory. How does Netware figure into this equation?

    The very few Red Hat servers they have are being consolidated to SUSE, but that has been in the works for a long time. The only reason they are moving forward now is to better position themselves to move to Windows.

    Any company moving from Novell-based products to Microsoft-based products can’t possibly be good news for Novell.

    “It clearly demonstrates the customer benefit of the Novell/Microsoft relationship” but only on how it benefits Microsoft, not Novell. Ease up on the Novell Kool-Aid.

    How would moving your fleet from Ford to Chevy be good news for Ford?

    Get it?

    BTW, Netware is still a fine product and still way ahead of Windows and Linux in some respects. Knock it all you want, but it’s still rock solid and unless there’s a valid business reason to take it out, companies just won’t do it. Not for the sake of the “next new thing”, not for some shiny widget, and not because “everyone else is”.

    Ever try to get a company to switch web browsers? Try it with desktop OSes or NOSes. It’s not easy, and the political gamesmanships are very divisive.

    It’s sad to keep reading stories on how “Novell is going to turn it around” again and again and again.

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