Novell moves into mobile management

Novell has announced plans to acquire a mobile device management company and the launch of an e-business portal that relies on...

Novell has announced plans to acquire a mobile device management company and the launch of an e-business portal that relies on BEA's WebLogic E-Business Platform.

Novell will buy Callisto Software, which develops management solutions for mobile devices, in an effort to win market share in the wireless management space. The acquisition is valued at under $10m (£7m), said a Novell spokesman.

Novell will develop a mobile version of its ZENworks management solution, which will be called ZENworks for Handhelds.

The deal follows the company's corporate restructuring and 1,400 job cuts earlier in November.

"The move towards mobile access and wireless parallels Novell's strategy to tie all types of networks into one Net, and provide users access to the information they need, when they need it," said Brad Anderson, business unit manager for Novell ZENworks.

"The Callisto acquisition gives us mobile and wireless device management technologies to increase Novell's remote and mobile offerings, such as the anytime, anywhere access to information currently provided by Novell iFolder and GroupWise Wireless," he added.

Novell said Callisto's mobile technologies would allow it to deliver end-to-end management tools. The company also promised that ZENworks for Handhelds would let network administrators reduce management costs and give users access to multiple devices.

Further details on the ZENworks for Handhelds initiative are expected early in 2002.

Novell also announced Secure Partner Portal, which is designed to help companies build secure business relationships over the Internet. The portal builds on Novell's eDirectory identity management technology and uses BEA Systems' WebLogic E-Business Platform as the underlying infrastructure.

The portal also takes advantage of services from e-business integration company Cambridge Technology Partners, which Novell acquired in July.

"Companies need ways not just to manage partner relationships, but to expand them," said Martin Deise, Novell's senior vice-president of solutions. "Paramount to this is the ability to create a trusted environment, with distributed administration, that increases partner loyalty while reducing costs for all parties."

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