Novell Announces Linux-Based Open Enterprise Server 2

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-11-30 Print this article Print

Novell prepares to bid adieu to NetWare with the upcoming Linux-based server, which will supply NetWare services. (Linux-Watch)

Novell on Nov. 30 announced its latest NetWare upgrade operating system, the Linux-powered Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. Although OES 2 wont be out until early in the second quarter of 2007, it already has support commitments from Novells software partners. The list currently includes backup solution vendors CA, CommVault, Symantec, and Syncsort, along with anti-virus software vendors McAfee and Trend Micro.
OES, which will be based on Novells SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) 10, is designed to be a drop-in replacement for Novell NetWare servers, and a direct competitor to Microsofts Server 2003.
This next version, according to Novell, will complete the shift to workgroup services running completely on the Linux platform. Earlier versions included an optional NetWare kernel. OES 2 will make traditional NetWare workgroup services run on Linux as well or better than they do on NetWare or Windows, and will simplify the migration of those services to Linux. In addition, it will use the Xen virtualization capabilities in SLES to offer extended hardware support for traditional NetWare applications, Novell says. As a result of Novells recent technology partnership with Microsoft, OES 2 will also include improved interoperability with Windows. Additionally, Novells ZENworks Virtual Machine Management will provide capabilities for managing Xen virtualized environments in OES. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Novell Announces Linux-Based Open Enterprise Server 2 Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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