Abbey National has decided not to bank on Netware and is spending $100 million (£62.5 million) migrating its Novell infrastructure to Microsoft Windows NT.
The decision flies in the face of advice from the latest IDC study, 'Strategies for Windows NT in the Enterprise', where users of Netware cited its superior strength and reliability as the main reasons they have not adopted NT servers.
The bank, however, said its decision would result in increased network downtime. It said rolling out NT to 25,000 PC clients at its HQ and high street branches would cut costs and increase quality.
"We should get better quality of service and minimum cost of ownership, plus one universal OS," said Steve Lane, director of infrastructure operations at Abbey National.
IDC advised deploying NT carefully. The report found the OS was most appropriate as a departmental infrastructure server, used for file/print, messaging and communications, rather than for running mission critical applications.
Dan Kusnetsky, program director for IDC's Operating Environments and Serverware research programs, warned: "Microsoft is very good at momentum marketing. It can turn reports of strong growth in revenues, software licence shipments, or clients being supported, into a message that NT is becoming the standard."
A Novell spokesperson admitted Netware had been scrapped by Abbey National, but claimed the bank was still interested in Novell Directory Services. "Although the decision for Abbey National to move to NT has been made, Wang, Novell and Abbey National are in discussions about implementing NDS into the network," he said.
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