Much of the innovation is centred on mobile devices, with Novell announcing technologies to bring its eGuide and eDirector to wireless PDA devices. Available later this year, a new product iFolder will also allow mobile and desktop users to create device independent information stores.
In addition, Novell has announced improved support for rival operating systems. Paul Smart, vice president and general manager of Novell's Net Directory business said, "The addition of support for leading Compaq and IBM systems will only increase the attractiveness of eDirectory as an Internet infrastructure foundation."
The company has also signed a co-operative support agreement with storage vendor EMC. Leo Colborne, vice president of Global Technical Support at EMC, said, "The new agreement with Novell assures our mutual customers that both companies will co-operate fully to ensure the availability of EMC-Novell solutions."
The agreement is likely to cover another new product, Novell's first piece of hardware: a network attached storage (NAS) device.
Novell first hinted that it was developing a NAS product at last year's Brainshare. This week it revealed that the product would support Windows, Linux, Unix and Macintosh operating systems while including "the entire Novell portfolio of robust file system technologies". Pricing has yet to be disclosed but the NAS device is due to be shipped this summer.