Novell Pledges Support for NetWare 6.5 at BrainShare

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-03-20 Print this article Print

Novell CEO Jack Messman says the company will remain committed to the product and will support it until at least 2015 for customers who continue to use it.

SALT LAKE CITY—Novell executives used the companys annual BrainShare conference here to pledge to continue to support NetWare 6.5 until at least 2015 for those customers who had no plans to upgrade to Linux. "We will support NetWare 6.5 for as long as customers continue to use it. So I urge those of you who have not yet upgraded to NetWare 6.5 to do so. "But we want to make clear that our commitment to the product remains unchanged and in force," Jack Messman, Novell CEO and chairman, said in his opening keynote at the conference on March 20.
Addressing several thousand attendees at a packed keynote, Messman then announced a number of new upcoming products and offerings, including the new GroupWise Mobile Server powered by Intellisync, which is in beta and supports more than 400 mobile devices and a number of platforms, and will be made available for free.
"We expect this to be available to users shortly," he said. BlackBerry users will be able to connect with enhanced GroupWise integration through the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 for Novell GroupWise from RIM (Research In Motion). Click here to read more about RIMs recent court battle. Messman then announced the new Novell Open Workgroup Suite, which includes both server and desktop components, e-mail, collaboration and open-source desktop productivity applications. It would also be priced at significantly less than Microsofts comparable suite, he said. The Novell Open Workgroup Suite includes the Linux version of the Novell Open Enterprise Server, Novell GroupWise for Linux, the Novell ZENworks suite, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and the desktop productivity suite. It is priced at $110 per device/user for a perpetual license and $75 annually for software maintenance. For existing NetWare, GroupWise and ZENworks customers, the suite is available with the NetWare version of Open Enterprise Server and cross-platform GroupWise as an upgrade bundle for $150 per user/device. A rental offering is also available for both offerings. Messman then announced the beta for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, which he described as the platform for the open enterprise and which leveraged the assets of Linux, open source and Novells engineering efforts. This platform would leverage open standards across IT to drive business innovation, protected against security threats anywhere and lowered operating costs. Two products were built on the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform: the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 product and the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. Read more here about SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. The platform supported all of Novells products, from the data center to the desktop, workgroup, resource management and security and identity fronts. "This is a complete package, offering the platform, products and services above that, as well as our partner and support networks," Messman said. Promising that this would be the biggest and the best BrainShare conference ever, Messman said that about 6,000 people from more than 50 countries had signed up to attend the show, 800 of which are new customer attendees. There would be some 240 breakout sessions offered over the week, 65 of which are around security and identity, he said. Lower costs are also no longer the driving force behind Linux adoption, he said, adding that enterprises are increasingly shifting to open solutions. Next Page: Participating in the open-source community.

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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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