Novell boosts Linux support

By   |  June 30, 2003

Novell last week announced its Nterprise Linux Services which gives users full file, print, messaging, directory and management services on either Red Hat Enterprise or SuSE Enterprise Linux. The announcement follows the company\’s recent announcement that it plans to provide customers the choice of running all of Novell\’s advanced network services for business on Linux – including the entire services stack in the future NetWare 7. Nterprise Linux Services will be available later this year and the company says it will \”combine the benefits of Linux with support and network services from Novell\”.
Novell also announced agreements with Dell, HP and IBM through which the three major hardware vendors will offer Novell\’s Linux solutions to their customers.

\”Novell\’s focus is on secure solutions that provide people with the same quality experience, no matter where they\’re located or what kind of device or operating system they\’re using,\” said Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell. \”We\’ve followed this model successfully with many of our solutions already. Providing network services on Linux is a natural extension of our proven cross-platform strategy and brings the value of secure, scalable and reliable Novell networking to the rapidly growing Linux server market. And the support of the major hardware players ensures customers will be able to obtain and run these proven Novell network services on the operating system and hardware platform of their choice.\”
The initial version of Novell Nterprise Linux Services is comprised of a number of Novell network services integrated into a single business solution. These include identity services via Novell eDirectory and DirXML, file services via Novell iFolder, printing services via iPrint, messaging services via NetMail, management services via ZENworks for Servers, and a Virtual Office for end-user access and productivity via exteNd Director Standard Edition. In addition, Novell iManager provides a browser-based, single point of administration for Nterprise Linux Services.

Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of System Software research for IDC, said \”IDC\’s demand-side research has indicated that Linux faces several impediments to mainstream acceptance including lack of Linux expertise and experience in the organization, an organisation\’s ability to integrate Linux into their network, and issues with ongoing support of Linux environments. Novell\’s move to expand customers\’ options and support Linux is likely to go a long way towards resolving these issues in the minds of IT decision-makers in many organisations.\”

Novell Nterprise Linux Services 1.0 beta testing begins in July. For more information about Nterprise Linux Services and Novell\’s Linux strategy, or to apply to be a beta tester, visit http://www.novell.com/linux.

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