Deutsche Postbank opts for Novell desktop systems

German bank Deutsche Postbank is to switch the desktop IT systems at its recently acquired home financing subsidiary to Novell software.

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German bank Deutsche Postbank is to switch the desktop IT systems at its recently acquired home financing subsidiary to Novell software.

The move follows the announcement earlier this week that banking giant HSBC is to standardise its Linux deployment’s on Novell’s Suse Enterprise Server. But while the HSBC deal centres on Novell’s tie-up with Microsoft, helping the bank to achieve better interoperability between its Linux and Windows-based systems, Postbank has gone straight to Novell, replacing its existing Microsoft systems.

BHW Holding, which was acquired by Postbank in February last year, will migrate to Novell groupware, desktop management, identity management and file systems, bringing it into line with the rest of the Postbank business.

The home financing firm will replace its Microsoft Windows 2000 servers with Novell Open Enterprise Server, which bundles NetWare secure networking products with Suse Linux Enterprise Server.

BHW’s 3,500 office-based staff and 4,500 other employees will switch from Microsoft Exchange to Novell’s GroupWise for secure email and collaboration, joining 9,000 existing GroupWise users at Postbank.

The business will replace its CA Unicenter software with Novell’s ZENworks desktop management product, replacing its existing .

Postbank project manager Juergen Barthel said the migration would extend the German bank’s decade-long relationship with Novell and would also help reduce costs, he added.

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