MAF ditches Novell in switch to MS

But Novell still has a significant public sector presence in the education field

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is migrating from Novell to Microsoft for its back-end systems, following the lead of many other government agencies.

MAF has issued a tender for a service provider to help with the migration, which will take place next year.

Project Outlook, as it is called, “will deliver a well-matched set of infrastructure products which will align MAF with most other New Zealand government organisations and our industry partners,” states the tender document.

Other agencies that have switched over from Novell to Microsoft in recent years include the ACC, which in 2004 switched from Novell GroupWise to Microsoft Outlook and Exchange. It also switched from Novell NetWare to Microsoft Windows Server.

However, Novell continues to enjoy a significant public sector presence in the education field and last year struck an 18-month, sector-wide licensing deal with the Ministry of Education, which gave schools access to a range of open source Novell products. Previously, schools had to enter into their own licensing agreements with Novell. As part of the deal, some schools that were previously unable to afford Novell desktop software were given it for free.

Recently, Novell’s focus has moved away from desktop software towards its open source range of products, including SuSe Linux, which it acquired in 2003.

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