Novell unveils first open source workgroup suite for SMEs

Novell has introduced its first open source workgroup suite for small businesses.

Novell has introduced its first open source workgroup suite for small businesses.

The Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition includes a Linux server and desktop components with e-mail, collaboration and other services.

The suite is based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform, and includes Novell GroupWise for e-mail and calendaring.

It also includes Novell Open Enterprise Server for storage management, user and rights administration, and clustering and failover capabilities. It has the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop for desktop productivity; and the Novell edition of the office productivity suite for Windows and Linux.

The offering supports up to five servers and 200 users, said Novell.

"Small businesses are increasingly interested in Linux. Lower purchase prices are part of the appeal, but so too is the flexibility and choice made possible through open source solutions. Ease of acquisition and installation will also play a key role in converting small business interest into small business purchases," said Ray Boggs, a vice president at IDC.

Novell's suite features a simple customisable installation process along with remote management capabilities, so solution providers can remotely manage their small business customers' IT infrastructures, thus reducing costs and improving service.

Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition will be generally available from September.

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