Novell sets out to simplify mixed IT environments

Enterprise Linux software news dominated last week's annual Novell Brainshare user conference in Salt Lake City.

Enterprise Linux software news dominated last week's annual Novell Brainshare user conference in Salt Lake City.

Novell, which made its name with the Netware network operating system in the mid-1980s, unveiled the latest version of its successor, Open Enterprise Server 2 (OES2).

The Linux and open source-based platform is designed to manage enterprise-wide IT systems that use a mixture of proprietary and open source software. It uses the open source Xen virtualisation application.

Novell also unveiled SuSE Linux Enterprise Thin Client for server-based computing, and the public beta of its 64-bit SuSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 1 operating system.

Team and collaboration tools were launched along with upgrades to Novell's security and identity management tools for mixed source environments.

Ron Hovsepian, Novell president and CEO, said, "This year we have a whole series of new systems around Linux and management that help customers leverage the power of enterprise-strength open source and provide them the tools to manage mixed source environments.

"These systems reduce cost, complexity and risk, giving customers more time to focus on what they really want to - innovation and growth."

Besides the new products, Novell used a keynote speech to publicise its four-month-old collaboration agreement with Microsoft.

Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief researcher and strategy officer, joined Novell chief technology officer Jeff Jaffe to discuss the benefits to users of Novell and Microsoft's collaborative work on Linux and Windows interoperability.

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