Novell used last week's big USnetworking show, ComNet, to launch its ZENworks networking product, writes Antony Savvas.
ZENworks will allow network managers to allocate specific bandwidth to individuals on the network so that important users in the company have assurance that their voice and data will get through.
Specific routers and switches will be programmed to give individuals a service through rules and policies linked to a directory.
ZENworks, said Schmidt, has just started shipping, and may help businesses concerned at a lack of bandwidth caused by the increased use of e-mail, attachments, and new media like video and MP3 traffic.
ZENworks is Novell's latest addition to a portfolio which is crucial to its strategy to make directory-enabled computing more attractive to users.
Novell chief executive Eric Schmidt used his show keynote to launch ZENworks for networks.
The first ZENworks product, which was launched last year, was designed to help users manage their desktops more efficiently by allowing them to remotely install applications without having to visit clients.