IRD to shift to new Novell Suse platform

Netware is to be shown the door for OES2

The Inland Revenue Department is to upgrade its Novell infrastructure from Netware version 6 to Open Enterprise Server 2.0.

It is seeking contractors to help with the upgrade, which is subject to internal approval, but expected to begin in July.

Open Enterprise Server 2.0, often called OES2, is the second major release Novell has made of SUSE Linux since it acquired the Linux distribution in 2003.

OES1 was released in 2005 and ported some technology that ran on Novell’s Netware operating system to SUSE Linux.

OES2, released last year, advances the transition from Netware to SUSE by shifting all services that previously ran on Netware to SUSE. Netware is still available under the release, but in a virtualised form.

There are several new features in OES2, including Dynamic Storage Technology, which delivers data to different storage media according to how often the data is used.

The IRD is seeking contractors to help design and build an OES2 environment. According to tender documents, bidders must “have experience with OES2 and in the design of centralisation and consolidation technologies such as storage-area networks and virtualisation”, among other traits.

In sticking with Novell and upgrading to OES2, the IRD is bucking a trend amongst government organisations, several of whom, including ACC, MAF and the Waikato District Health Board, have replaced Novell products with Microsoft software in recent years.

Novell remains strongly entrenched in the education sector, however.

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