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Novell upgrades Linux product offerings

Novell has kicked off its annual BrainShare user conference in Salt Lake City with a number of product announcements.

As well as cementing its new marketing and technology relationship with Microsoft, by inviting senior Redmond representatives to the conference for the first time, Novell has enhanced its Linux and identity management offerings.

On the Linux front, Novell upgraded its desktop-to-data centre offerings with the release of the public beta of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 1, and the introduction of the new SUSE Linux Enterprise Thin Client.

Novell said Service Pack 1 delivers significant enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise in terms of virtualisation, high-performance computing, security, interoperability and system management.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Thin Client is a channel-enabled solution consisting of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and an image-creation tool kit that channel partners can use to provide a finished thin-client solution to customers.

Novell also launched the open beta of Open Enterprise Server 2, which supports Novell workgroup services on SUSE Linux Enterprise, while helping long-time customers maintain their NetWare systems through virtualisation of NetWare on Linux.

Novell also unveiled Novell Teaming and Novell Teaming + Conferencing, two new team workspace and real-time collaboration solutions that complement Novell GroupWise and the Novell Open Workgroup Suite.

In addition, the new Identity Manager 3.5 features tighter integration with authentication, single sign-on and event management solutions. It offers improved functionality to ease the complexity and lower the cost of deploying an enterprise-wide user provisioning and password management system, said Novell.

The new Sentinel 6.0 offers new capabilities for automating real-time monitoring of the enterprise security environment, identifying and resolving security incidents, and documenting regulatory compliance.

On the systems management front, Novell ZENworks 7.2 Linux Management gives customers a new option to manage enterprise Linux. It supports both SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as well as policy-based full lifecycle management to help customers deploy, manage and maintain their Linux resources.

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