Credence Systems Corporation is the industry's leading provider of design-to-test solutions for the global semiconductor industry. With 1,600 employees in 20 countries, Credence delivers competitive cost and performance advantages to integrated device manufacturers, wafer foundries, outsource assembly and test suppliers, and fabless chip companies worldwide.
The IT department at Credence supports 500 engineers who are working on many concurrent projects for a variety of clients. Most of those projects require custom workstation configurations, placing a huge demand on a small IT staff. Credence needed to automate desktop management for its Linux workstations to reduce administration time and ensure consistency among its project teams.
Credence evaluated several options for Linux desktop management, including Red Hat* Satellite Server, Tivoli*, HP OpenView* and several open source products, before selecting Novell ZENworks Linux Management.
"ZENworks Linux Management was the most flexible option and was a leading candidate early on in our selection process," said Dan Anolik, CM Architect of Software Engineering at Credence Systems. "The deployment was lightweight, but powerful enough to fit our needs without a lot of heavy-duty infrastructure."
Credence implemented ZENworks Linux Management in only a few weeks to automate application delivery for all its Red Hat workstations. The IT staff can now test and distribute packages to update these Linux workstations at any time – and in minutes rather than hours. Each engineering project team can now be assured of consistent configurations to produce the best quality products.