Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

University sees savings in Linux

Filed under
SUSE

The university is consolidating its IT management system on to SuSE Linux and Novell Netware. The system caters for up to 27,000 users, comprising 23,000 students and 3,500 faculty and other staff.

Like many organisations, De Montfort's IT systems had grown at a departmental level, and it had a range of operating platforms with differing levels of service. It needed to consolidate its IT and manage fewer systems and associated IDs and passwords.

"We were running a variety of operating systems across multiple locations including NetWare, Linux, Unix and Windows," said IT director Roy Adams. "Openness and reliability were top priorities and Linux best met these needs."

De Montfort is deploying Novell's Open Enterprise Server and identity and access management systems to centralise the management of users, and adopting Zenworks to streamline management.

Novell Open Enterprise Server is a dual operating system that includes both NetWare and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. The product includes network services such as directory management, clustering and file and print. Over time, the university will migrate its existing Microsoft file and printer servers and Solaris systems to Open Enterprise Server.

Chris Semmens, team leader at De Montfort, said, "We looked at Microsoft Active Directory and other solutions, but Novell Edirectory came out on top for scalability, flexibility and the overall maturity of the directory. We took great care in making this selection because a global directory is essential for efficient IT management in a complex environment such as ours."

Source.

More in Tux Machines

Chromium and Firefox: New Features

  • Chromebook Owners Will Soon Be Able to Monitor CPU and RAM Usage in Real-Time
    Chromium evangelist François Beaufort announced today that Google's Chrome OS engineers have managed to implement a new feature that will let Chromebook owners monitor the CPU usage, RAM, and zRam statistics in real-time. The feature was implemented in the Chrome Canary experimental channel and can be easily enabled by opening the Google Chrome web browser and accessing the chrome://flags/#sys-internals flag. There you'll be able to monitor your Chromebook's hardware and see what's eating your memory or CPU during heavy workloads, all in real-time. "Chrome OS users can monitor in real-time their CPU usage, memory and zRam statistics thanks to the new internal page chrome://sys-internals in the latest Canary," said François Beaufort in a Google+ post. "For that, enable the experimental chrome://flags/#sys-internals flag, restart Chrome, and enjoy watching real-time resource consumption."
  • Tracking Protection for Firefox for iOS Plus Multi-Tasking in Focus for Android New Today
    Across the industry, September is always an exciting month in mobile, and the same is true here at Mozilla. Today, we’re launching the newest Firefox for iOS alongside an update for the popular Firefox Focus for Android, which we launched in June.

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.13, GCC 7.2

Greg Kroah-Hartman published on Wednesday new maintenance updates for various of the supported Linux kernel branches that he maintains, including the Linux 4.12 series, which appears to have reached end of life. Read more

The ISS just got its own Linux supercomputer

A year-long project to determine how high-performance computers can perform in space has just cleared a major hurdle -- successfully booting up on the International Space Station (ISS). This experiment conducted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NASA aims to run a commercial off-the-shelf high-performance computer in the harsh conditions of space for one year -- roughly the amount of time it will take to travel to Mars. Read more

Qt 5.6.3 Released

I am pleased to inform that Qt 5.6.3 has been released today. As always with a patch release Qt 5.6.3 does not bring any new features, just error corrections. For details of the bug fixes in Qt 5.6.3, please check the change logs for each module. Read more