Rate of migration
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."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. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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.