Operating File and Print in the Modern Enterprise: Why OES remains a great decision
The growth of data in the enterprise isn’t slowing down. In fact—IDC expects storage needs to reach in excess of 73 million terabytes by 2020. If solving your enterprise’s file and storage needs were as easy as hooking up another hard-drive, there wouldn’t be a huge problem. However, we all know it isn’t as simple as that. There’s a need for more advanced storage, file, and print services in today’s expanding data sphere, that’s for sure. You also need to operate your enterprise cost-effectively and efficiently . . . and that’s where Micro Focus Open Enterprise Server (OES) really shines.
In fact, I think file, storage, and print services are even more critical today than they were a few decades ago. Back then, it was all about delivering access. Today, it’s not only access—but also efficiency and continuity of those services. End users want consistency of experience when it comes to printing and file/storage systems—no matter if they are using a desktop inside the corporate file wall or abroad on their mobile device. Can you deliver it? The simple answer is yes—if you have Open Enterprise Server.
With OES, you have the best directory services infrastructure you can get. Not only does it work with the incredibly stable and scalable eDirectory—but it also works with Active Directory. With OES, you also have the most advanced file system for incredible use of your storage space. You have users' favorite print interface too—for continuity of printing experience from desktop to mobile.
Don’t get me wrong—I know there’s constant pressure to replace OES with Windows. It’s the mistaken notion that having a homogenous infrastructure environment will make administration easier. In some ways, yes—but the fact is—you’ll lose out on many of the features you and your end users enjoy. And even worse, Windows will cost you more. Dollar for dollar, you may not even reach feature parity with OES without dramatically increasing your costs.
Still not convinced? Or maybe your upper management isn’t convinced? Share these facts!
- Using Open Enterprise Server with built-in XEN virtualization can cut hardware and admin costs by 88% over Windows Server alone.
- Using Dynamic Storage Technology has proven to reduce daily storage costs by 70% when considering the costs of hardware, administration time, and power.
Sure—chances are you have Windows in your environment. You may even consider yourself a Windows shop. However, don't rip and replace when you can interoperate with Windows! With OES, you save yourself money—and get much needed features that Windows can’t deliver.
Micro Focus Open Enterprise Server works alongside other operating systems. In fact, you don't have to spin up additional Active Directory servers every time you deploy a new business app. With Open Enterprise Server, you can use your existing Mirco Focus eDirectory architecture for those applications as well. It's so good at imitating AD that it even tricks Microsoft products! However, if you have AD already (and who doesn’t have AD lurking around nowadays)—OES works great with it as well. It’s all about choice and flexibility and delivering the best file and print services, not which directory you choose to use.
All in all—the point is simple. Open Enterprise Server is both needed and useful—and offers services and benefits you just can’t get in a strictly Windows environment. No matter if you only want an OES and Linux environment—or want/need to use Windows—OES has a much needed place in the modern enterprise.