Rate of migration

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-03-25 Print this article Print

Michael Zepernick, president of Computer Integrated Services Co. of New York LLC, said he has seen a slowdown in the rate of migration of customers from NetWare to Windows Server 2003.

"The migration numbers cited in the Yankee study would more accurately have reflected the situation a few years ago, but that has slowed dramatically, particularly as Novell now offers NetWare customers the choice of running OES on Linux as well," Zepernick said.

Novell executives said there is always user migration between platforms and that the 1.5 million users touted by Microsoft represent less than 2 percent of the NetWare installed base.

"We are certainly not seeing any significant increase in the rate of user migrations, and we are confident that this months release of OES will help slow down that migration trend," said Ed Anderson, Linux platform and services vice president at Novell. "We are also aggressively targeting those Microsoft [Windows] NT customers who are looking at their migration options given the end of life for support for that product. As such, we may start winning over even more dissatisfied Windows customers."

Click here to read more about Novell readying new features and functionality that it believes will propel its Novell Linux Desktop offering into the mass market. Messman said the company is hearing from CIOs that they believe Linux is enterprise-ready and holds key benefits for them. For example, Linux helps simplify and streamline IT, especially as it has a common code base from the desktop to the server to the data center, and enables IT staffs to be more productive and efficient.

Addressing application support for Novells Linux platform, Messman said there are now 1,400 certified products on SuSE Linux. "Linux is expanding its reach into the enterprise, and we will continue to support and fuel this growth," he said.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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