Insurance giant Direct Line is claiming it has slashed the administration time on its NT network by 40 per cent, using Novell's Network Directory Services (NDS).
The Direct Line project was completed as Novell began to preview its next version of NDS for NT. For the first time this version will run natively on Windows NT.
Direct Line spent eight months rolling out its corporate intranet, to support the company's expansion into new financial service markets. Around 1,500 employees, spread across 10 sites, have been connected to the new network.
"Because NDS gives us a global representation of our entire network, it makes network management much easier," said Tony Covelli, Direct Line's principal PC/Lan analyst. "NDS makes it easier to find information on users, and server usage. We've achieved a 40 per cent reduction in administration time."
Both the company's Microsoft NT and Novell IntraNetWare servers were configured for management through a common NDS tree. This choice offered a single point of administration and unified security.
"By using NDS and trusted trees we are effectively using NDS' security instead of NT's," said Covelli. "It also allows us to prevent users from accessing servers and security information in the NT domain."
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