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SearchEnterpriseLinux: The Wrong Choice: After Picking NT, Trampoline Firm Leaps to Linux

Jun 10, 2003, 23:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Three years ago, U.K.-based Super Tramp Trampolines bought a proprietary application and chose to run it on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. Both the application and the platform quickly maxed out. So the company took a 'safe' route by upgrading to Windows 2000 Server. Soon, the truth hit home: Super Tramp had made the wrong choice, twice.

"Super Tramp manufactures water- and UV-resistant outdoor trampolines that are designed to endure many years of use. The company needs an IT network as stable as its products, said Rick Timmis, IT director at Jardine Prentis (UK) Ltd., Super Tramp's parent company. Playing it safe with Microsoft hadn't worked, so Timmis made a 'leap of faith' and decided to migrate all Super Tramp's systems and data to open-source.

"Super Tramp had been using NT 4, running Microsoft's Exchange Server for three years prior to the migration. At the time, Timmis served as the company's Windows administrator. The firm used Sageline 50 for accounting and Windows 98 on the desktop, served by an NT file server. They implemented a fat client network that had evolved with the business, expanding about 30% annually..."

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