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Success Story: Georgetown McDonough School of Business



By: coolguys

July 25, 2008 11:55 am

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College to Corporate
Georgetown McDonough School of Business
Novell Connection Magazine – Proof Point – July 2008

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A nationally ranked business school, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business used Novell Open Enterprise Server running SUSE Linux Enterprise to consolidate servers by 90 percent and cut implementation time for new applications by 50 percent.

Overview

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located in the nation’s capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School has approximately 1,300 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students and 250 faculty and staff.

“Novell has bullet-proof solutions which can’t be said about many other vendors. We get all the tools that our students will need in the real world. We also like Novell’s forward-thinking attitude about Linux.”

John Carpenter

CTO

McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

Challenge

Preparing students for corporate careers is the number-one priority for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The business school models its own IT infrastructure after progressive corporate environments, such as leading investment firms, to provide students with access to the latest technology.

The business school wanted to move to Linux to provide better performance for its Web applications and services, as well as to leverage virtualization. The school also wanted to find the best collaboration tool to help its students work in groups, regardless of location.

Solution

The McDonough School evaluated enterprise solutions from Microsoft and Red Hat before selecting Novell Open Enterprise Server running SUSE Linux Enterprise.

“Novell has bullet-proof solutions which can’t be said about many other vendors,” said John Carpenter, CTO of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. “We get all the tools that our students will need in the real world. We also like Novell’s forward-thinking attitude about Linux.”

The McDonough School worked with Novell Consulting to update its infrastructure to Novell Open Enterprise Server running SUSE Linux Enterprise. Using VMware, the IT staff created virtual servers and is using just a tenth of its data center space. The school can easily build and test servers before implementation, and can set up new virtual servers without the need for additional hardware.

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