Novell to Focus on the 'Agile Infrastructure'

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-03-17 Print this article Print

The project is code-named Fossa after the agile animal living in the jungles of Madagascar that has no known predators.

SALT LAKE CITY-Novell's vision for the future is the agile infrastructure, and the company has a new project code-named Fossa to address this plan, which will include both open-source and proprietary software.

"CIOs want agility, yet IT infrastructure is anything but agile today. So that is Novell's vision for the future: the agile infrastructure, and we will be working on this with the open-source community and our partners," Chief Technology Officer Jeff Jaffe said during his keynote here March 17.

Novell code-named the project Fossa after the agile animal living in the jungles of Madagascar, which is closely related to the mongoose, and that has no known predators, he said. He added that Fossa will also invest in proprietary technologies to fill the gaps in open-source software.

"The Fossa project is the next generation infrastructure to deliver an agile infrastructure and aligned with our strategy. It will be able to execute with agility, using high bandwidth, execute effectively through policies, while agility will be automated through algorithms that allow the optimization and provisioning of these workloads," he said.

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 Novell's agility focus is also based on a huge amount of work already done inside the company over many years, and a lot of that agility would come from policy and identity management, Jaffe said. "We are building on a lot of technology we already have and we are certainly not lagging behind what our competitors already offer."

As one blog noted, Fossa "(just about) stands for 'Free and Open Source Software with Agility', because the goal of the Fossa Project is to make computing tasks across a business work better and smarter across businesses."

Unified communications was also helping set the IT agenda, and all of this needed to be brought into the compute infrastructure, Jaffe said.

Linux is also at the core of its virtualization strategy, and Jaffee said Novell would be showing Windows Server 2008 running virtualized on top of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 later this week here at BrainShare.

"Linux will be everywhere going forward, and will be a core component of the Fossa project, which is also closely aligned to our strategic goals and your strategic needs," he 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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