Participating in the Open

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

-Source Community"> Novell participates in open standards groups and the open-source community in a comprehensive way, he said. "We are very proud of our continued leadership here," he said.
Eight out of 10 Fortune 500 customers used SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, he said, adding that customers were telling Novell that this product was better integrated, offered them the mixed source, heterogeneous approach they wanted, as well as comprehensive IP protections.
To read eWEEK Labs review of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, click here. With regard to the Linux desktop, Messman said that "while there is still a need to close the gap for power users with the Linux desktop, the community is working hard on this." The entire BrainShare desktop network was also being powered by the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, he said, adding that there were currently 120 companies in the beta testing program. Ron Hovsepian, Novells president and COO, took the stage next, telling attendees that there is a lot of pressure for businesses to lower costs, become more flexible, efficient and responsive, form more productive relationships, improve security and standardize the components of the IT infrastructure. Dell had just selected Novell as the premier systems management partner in the industry, and the Novell ZENworks 7 Linux Management - Dell Edition product would be available next month to manage Dell Linux servers, he said. On the enterprise customer front, Commerce Bank, with 12,500 staff, has picked Novell as its technology supplier because of the high quality of its products and because it believes Novell understands its business and partners well to bring its products and services to customers based on their specific needs, a spokesperson said. Telecom New Zealand has been looking for an identity management solution with security for its entire network, and was attracted to Novells products and long history in this space, a spokesperson said. Deutsche Bahn, with a railway network of 35,000 kilometers, had moved to SUSE Linux to meet all its certification requirements. It was running numerous systems on Linux, and Novells solution had brought it enterprise computing at a lower cost. Ziff Davis Media eSeminars invite: On March 30 at 4 p.m. ET join AMD and Red Hat as they introduce an alternative to Unix systems—open-source technology with 64-bit and multicore processors. Deutsche Bahn had saved some 25 percent in maintenance costs and up to 50 percent in software and hardware costs, a company spokesperson said. "These customers all value Novells approach to learning about their business and the providing solutions and products that meet their specific needs and requirements," Hovsepian said. Jeff Jaffe, Novells chief technology officer, then took the stage with an important message: "Novell is poised to be the innovation leader in the industry," he said, to much applause. This innovation would go directly into Novells products, and customers would benefit from this through its software, he added. While the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 desktop might not be the best choice for a small number of power users, it is the best solution for all other enterprise and corporate users, he said, adding that while Novell continues to invest in much-needed proprietary enhancements, it will continue to leverage the power of the open-source community and provide open standards solutions on mixed environments. Click here to read more about why Jaffe feels the Linux desktop is ripe for adoption. Novell will continue to support those products for customers who are not ready to move to Linux, he said, but would also continue developing open based solutions like SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, which will bring virtualization, including the Xen technologies and Novells own hypervisor and threading technologies; integrated systems management; scalability; security; and the Novell Customer Center—an external Web site providing support and updates to customers, Jaffe said. "Novells innovation engine leverages the innovation of the entire industry and allows customers to have a low-cost, high-performance IT environment," Jaffee said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

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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