The Franchise Is Alive
There's still some life left in NetWare. First of all, NetWare 5.1 is not going to go away, at least in the near term.Theres still some life left in NetWare. First of all, NetWare 5.1 is not going to go away, at least in the near term. Jim Tanner, director of platform product management at Novell, expects the current product to be viable for "workforce deployments" until at least mid-2002. You can expect to see several enhancement packs for NetWare 5.1, as new features are added (primarily as NLMs). Expect similar levels of product activity and longevity with the NetWare Small Business Suite. Most of the NetWare activity is in the "mission-critical" space with the arrival of NetWare 6, due out sometime in Q3 of this year. The product will sport several tweaks that make it even more resilient and fault tolerant. These improvements are aimed at large, 24 x 7 enterprise installations where NetWare has enjoyed a happy home for a long time.
First up, NetWare finally becomes completely multi-processor-enabled. Novell claims that everythingfrom protocol stacks to storage services, directory services to security serviceshas been architected to run in SMP mode. Additionally, clustering (first introduced as an option in the 5.1 release) will be included for two nodes in every box as a standard feature, with the ability to scale to 32 nodes.