Commercial Union Assurance (CU) has dumped its mainframe system and shifted to a joint Netware and NT environment.
CU technical services manager, Russ Whales, said the insurance giant currently had a mainframe legacy system with a mixture of dumb terminals and more than 2,000 IBM and NEC PCs as clients. Wales selected Compaq as its preferred supplier for desktop PCs and NT servers, which will be deployed across more than 60 sites across the UK. They will be running Lotus Smartsuite as a front end with Netware Lans.
The company is rolling out Compaq Proliant 5000 servers and Deskpro 2000 PCs in a new hardware deal over the next year. CU has been piloting Compaq servers in the finance and accounting departments of its Croydon offices. During the pilot they were using a Compaq Proliant 4500 rack-mounted server with NT Server and NT Workstation, and Compaq?s Insight Manager as a system management tool.
?We were particularly impressed with the reliability of the system and reduced cost of ownership across CU?s IT base,? Whales said.
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