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March 2008

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A Choice Decision

Upgrading from NetWare?
The feature-rich Open Enterprise
Server 2 far surpasses Windows Server
Tech Talk 2 by Ken Baker

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Additional Training Investment

Whether migrating to Windows Server 2003 or Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, network administrators will require some level of additional training. The degree of required training will vary from organization to organization and depend on each administrator’s previous experience with Windows Server and Linux.

In the area of helpdesk technician or agent training, organizations moving from NetWare to Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 on Linux should require no additional training since they'll use the same Novell iManager interface to support users. Organizations migrating to Windows Server 2003 might require training in this area. If the experience of their help desk agents is focused on NetWare environments, they will need to be retrained to support Windows Server 2003.

End users won’t require training in a Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 environment because their desktop look and feel, how they authenticate to the system and how they access files and applications will all be the same. But end users moving to Windows Server 2003 will need instructions and support to learn how to authenticate to the network and access their files and applications using Windows Server.

Depending on your environment, the need for training on Windows Server 2003 can be significant. While there are some training requirements for administrators on Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, overall training needs are expected to be lower than what would be needed for Windows Server 2003. Additionally, Novell offers a number of free training courses to help administrators bridge their skills as they move from NetWare environments to Linux environments.

Higher Planning and Deployment Effort

Due to complexity and associated risk factors, it will require considerably more time and effort to plan and deploy a migration to Windows Server 2003 than an upgrade to Novell Open Enterprise

Server 2. Customers and partners say the time required to plan a migration from NetWare to Windows Server will be at least twice as long as planning an upgrade to Open Enterprise Server; and the deployment of Windows Server will take up to eight times as long as deployment of Open Enterprise Server. Further increasing the planning and deployment costs will be the likely need to augment your IT staff with administrators experienced in Windows Server environments and migrations.

Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 Delivers

When considering whether to upgrade from NetWare to Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 or migrate to a Windows Server environment, you need to consider more than just migration costs and efforts. You need to examine what you actually gain or lose in terms of migration choice. A move from NetWare to Windows Server falls short of feature parity with losses in operational efficiencies and increases in administrative overhead. But upgrading to Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 on Linux provides significant operational and financial gains, especially in the areas of storage virtualization (Dynamic Storage Technology), server virtualization and user self-service.

As do a number of other past Novell Connection articles, the forthcoming study details the benefits provided by these Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 services, as well as the steps Novell is taking to facilitate your transition to Linux on Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. The bottom line is that migrating to Windows Server opens you up to significant increases in both immediate and ongoing IT costs, considerable degradation in operational efficiencies, loss of user productivity and exposure to a wide array of risks. Yet moving up to Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 delivers greater savings, higher efficiency, more productivity and minimized risk. So what’s the obvious choice?

  • Figure 1

    Effort required to upgrade NetWare components to Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 versus migrate them to Windows Server 2003.

  • Figure 2

    Risk involved in upgrading NetWare components to Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 versus migrating them to Windows Server 2003.



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