HSBC standardises on SuSE Linux to cut costs

HSBC has taken advantage of the recent technology collaboration between Microsoft and Novell to standardise on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell.

HSBC has taken advantage of the recent technology collaboration between Microsoft and Novell to standardise on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell.

By reducing the diversity of its Linux environment, HSBC will be able to reduce its total cost of ownership for Linux and improve interoperability with its existing Windows infrastructure.

“The Microsoft-Novell agreement is a great catalyst for helping us reduce the complexity of our Linux environment as we standardise our Linux infrastructure with SuSE Linux Enterprise, and continue to extend the use of Microsoft Active Directory,” said Matthew O’Neill, group head of distributed systems for HSBC’s global IT operations.

He added, “Some will be surprised to learn that our Windows environment has a lower total cost of ownership than our current Linux environment.

“Our decision to simplify our mixed-source environment with Microsoft and Novell will allow us to reduce the cost and complexity. That’s why we have selected Novell as our preferred Linux partner to support our Linux infrastructure going forward.”

Roger Levy, vice president and general manager of open platform solutions at Novell, is joining HSBC’s open source software committee as a non-voting adviser.

He said, “The ability of HSBC to reduce complexity, simplify support and increase its IT agility is a testament to the mission of Novell’s agreement with Microsoft to help customers win.”

Last November, Novell and Microsoft announced a series of agreements to jointly build, market and support new solutions to improve product interoperability, deliver new virtualisation capabilities and give customers peace of mind that Microsoft wouldn’t sue them for using a combination of open source code with its proprietary solutions.

AIG Technologies, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Wal-Mart Stores have already taken advantage of the supplier alliance.

Headquartered in London, HSBC’s international network includes more than 9,500 offices with 284,000 employees in 76 countries. The bank has 125 million customers, a fifth of whom are registered for internet banking.
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