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Novell dropped for Microsoft

One of Oman's leading banks has replaced its Novell NetWare server platform with Microsoft's Windows 2003 server operating system (OS).

One of Oman's leading banks has replaced its Novell NetWare server platform with Microsoft's Windows 2003 server operating system (OS).

Bank Dhofar announced this week it has migrated its 47 branches throughout the sultanate over to the Windows platform to help increase operational efficiencies across the organisation. The bank said this would help it provide quicker and more effective services to its customers.

"With centralised and robust management tools Microsoft Windows 2003 is easier to use and navigate, enabling our staff to work effectively," commented Ravi Khanna, head of IT at Bank Dhofar.

Total cost of ownership (TCO) concerns and return on investment (ROI) were key criteria in going with the Microsoft solution, the bank said.

"The financial services industry as a whole is facing the challenge of how to do more with less. The Microsoft product is perfectly aligned to our vision at Bank Dhofar and our need to remain flexible to the face of future expansion," Khanna added.

He said the migration process was "painless" thanks to pre-implementation training by Microsoft on its software.

Bank Dhofar's replacement of NetWare with Windows 2003 comes as little surprise as Novell has been losing customers to Microsoft in the server operating system space for several years.

The software giant said Windows 2003 offered comparable features to NetWare, as well as adding greater scalability, expandability and integration with desktop and collaboration software.

The vendor said it had developed a migration path from NetWare to Windows to make it easier and quicker for organisations to switch over.

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