Novell Nterprise Linux Services Hits Beta

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-09-08 Print this article Print

Novell also announced it will include management services from Ximian Red Carpet in Novell Nterprise Linux Services 1.0.

Novell, which has pegged its future on Linux and Java, on Monday used its annual BrainShare Europe event in Barcelona, Spain, to announce a series of product innovations that it says will move it closer to that vision. Company executives said the firm is opening for beta testing its Novell Nterprise Linux Services, a bundle of file, print, messaging, directory and management services in an integrated package that runs and will be supported on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server distributions. Novell is also moving ahead with product and technology integration since its acquisition last month of Ximian, Inc., and will be including management services from Ximian Red Carpet in Novell Nterprise Linux Services 1.0, which is due for delivery later this year.
At the event, Novell CEO and Chairman Jack Messman on Monday said the acquisition of Ximian marked an important step in the companys commitment to offer business solutions for all the leading platforms on the market.
"All the solutions were announcing give customers new choices on how they can run their businesses better, take advantage of the Web, and secure their environments. Were moving more of Novells rock-solid networking technology to Linux, supporting it along with Linux, and now integrating Ximian products to benefit customers immediately," he said. The initial version of Novell Nterprise Linux Services is comprised of a number of Novell network services integrated into a single business solution. These include management services via Novell Ximian Red Carpet, identity services via Novell eDirectory and DirXML, file services via Novell iFolder, printing services via iPrint, messaging services via NetMail, and a Virtual Office for end-user access and productivity via exteNd Director Standard Edition. Novell iManager also provides a browser-based, single point of administration for Nterprise Linux Services. Novell Nterprise Linux Services 1.0, which will be accompanied by technical support, training and consulting services for Linux, is a key steppingstone to running all of Novells advanced network services for business on Linux, including the entire services stack in future versions of Novell NetWare, said Chris Stone, Novells vice chairman. "Novell is in the business of delivering useful solutions that dont waste customers time and money, and Nterprise Linux Services is that kind of solution. More choice is the key. Whether Novell technology, open source or some combination, the right answer is whatevers best for the given customer," he said. Novell also announced the beta availability of Novell Nterprise Branch Office 2, a cross-platform-compatible soft appliance that lets organizations provide complete network services to their branch offices securely and inexpensively, without IT staff on site. Novell also used BrainShare Europe to roll out new solutions for secure Web services, starting with the upcoming beta version of Novell exteNd 5, a J2EE development and deployment stack designed to help companies turn their existing business processes quickly and easily into Web services. "In recent years, Novell hasnt been fertile ground for software and hardware companies looking to expand their markets. But were determined to change that. Were building with, and to, open standards. Were putting our money where our mouth is on open source," Stone said.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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