Novell readies for Linux-based Open Enterprise

By   |  December 4, 2006

Novell has introduced Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, announcing support from software partners and a training and technical services promotion. This is intended to to better help customers utilise the advanced workgroup and networking services on SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Partners planning to support Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 include backup solution vendors CA, Commvault, Symantec and Syncsort along with anti-virus software vendors McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro.

This upgrade ships in early 2007 and will feature virtualisation, storage and file management innovations. It will also and complete the shift to providing workgroup services completely on SUSE Linux Enterprise, while helping long-time customers maintain their NetWare investment.

“Open Enterprise Server is designed to fit with today’s environments that run a mix of platforms including Linux, Windows and NetWare,” said Allison Singh, systems engineering manager for Novell SA. “It delivers advanced workgroup and networking services on Linux, letting customers get in on all the benefits of Linux without giving up the proven Novell workgroup services they’ve come to rely on. We’re committed to providing the additional support customers need to be successful, such as quality training, technical services and certified applications and hardware options.”

The current version of Novell Open Enterprise Server has been focused on providing advanced workgroup and networking services in a mixed environment. The next version will complete the shift to workgroup services running completely on the Linux platform. Open Enterprise Server 2 will make traditional NetWare workgroup services run on Linux as well or better than they do on NetWare or Windows and simplify the migration of those services to Linux. In addition, it will use the virtualisation capabilities in SUSE Linux Enterprise to offer extended hardware support for traditional NetWare applications.

Open Enterprise Server 2 will also include improved interoperability with Windows. Novell ZENworks Virtual Machine Management, announced earlier this week, will provide capabilities for managing virtualised environments in Open Enterprise Server.

For information on current Open Enterprise Server backup and anti-virus software partners, visit

Customers who have, purchase or upgrade to Novell Open Enterprise Server before March 31 2007, will be able to download the self-study kit for Novell’s five-day “Integrating Novell Open Enterprise Server for Linux” training course for free here.

For more information on Novell Open Enterprise Server or the free training and technical support promotion, visit


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