With the Novell buyout complete, Attachmate has moved its open-source products into SUSE and security products into its NetIQ business divisions.
closed the $2.2
billion Novell acquisition
four weeks ago and split up the various Novell
products across multiple business units: Novell, SUSE, NetIQ and Attachmate.
Each division will be independent with its own go-to-market strategy and will
have its own organization structures, Attachmate announced on May 18.
SUSE Linux will be its own division, SUSE, competing head-to-head with
Canonical and Red Hat. Attachmate will continue to develop and distribute
NetWare and other Novell networking products, such as Open Enterprise Server,
GroupWise and Zenworks, as part of the Novell division.
the systems management division, will get Novell's identity and security
programs as well as data center and virtualization products.
Attachmate division will focus on areas such as terminal emulation, legacy
modernization and enterprise fraud management.
will continue supporting the server and desktop versions of SUSE Linux, as well
as oversee development and maintenance of the openSUSE community distribution.
The division will develop and maintain SUSE Manager provisioning and patching
tool and SUSE Development Studio.
server distribution, SLES, will continue to be supported on IBM's System z
will maintain many of Novell's ties with other open-source projects, such as
LibreOffice, the office suite that broke away from Oracle's OpenOffice.org
suite late last year, and the Linux-based Evolution email client that mimics
many of Outlook's features.
SUSE will no longer be supporting Mono, the open-source adaptation of
Microsoft's .NET architecture. Xamarin
a new company founded by Mono's founder Miguel de Icaza, will continue work on
Mono. Despite no longer being involved with Mono development, SUSE will
continue to support customers who bought the commercialized version.
for Novell's cloud and data center products, they will be integrated with
Attachmate's own NetIQ portfolio, Jay Gardner, president and general manager of
NetIQ, told eWEEK. The products include Novell eDirectory, Novell Identity
Manager, Novell Access Manager, Novell Sentinel, Novell Operations Center and
the PlateSpin product line for high-end data center virtualization management.
two companies had many customers in common, but there was very little overlap
between the products themselves, according to Gardner. Customers will now get
support from a "single source," and the combination gives a "tremendous
opportunity" for NetIQ going forward to "deliver secure and quality service to
the enterprise," Gardner said.
sales teams have been integrated, and there's a lot of excitement internally
about what the combined teams can accomplish, Gardner said. During the
post-acquisition activities, there was a feeling of "Wow, do you realize what
we have here?" Gardner said, adding, "That's what we hope customers will
realize if they give us a chance."
plans to keep the Novell brand for the time being, as there's "no pressure" to
alter the branding and it will mean less customer disruption, according to
Gardner. As part of the post-acquisition activities, Novell and NetIQ will be
coming up with updated road maps to address next steps.
completed the buyout of Novell on April 27 at $6.10 per share in cash.
Attachmate has already laid off some staff, including the Mono team and the
legal team. There is some speculation that there may be more layoffs, but
Attachmate did not comment on any plans.