Novell bows towards NT with firewall solution

(09/15/99) - Continuing its push towards supporting all aspects of Microsoft's Windows NT, Novell announced its Novell FireWall for NT here this week at Networld+Interop (N+I).

A directory-enabled internet security solution, Novell FireWall for NT integrates internet security features with network bandwidth-management tools. The combination allows IS managers from small and medium-sized companies to prioritise critical traffic during peak network usage, officials said.

"Users can do the bandwidth management and have the internet security -- all from one place in NDS," said Patti Dock, Novell's vice president of product marketing.

The Novell Firewall for NT is based on technology Novell obtained through its acquisition of Ukiah Software in June 1999.

Dock claims that it is the first directory-enabled firewall product to run on NT.

Novell also announced on Tuesday a partnership with IBM to provide an internet Caching System. The partners will offer preconfigured caching appliance solutions based on the Novell internet Caching System and IBM's Netfinity line of server hardware.

The caching appliances can be plugged into existing networks to speed access to frequently requested Web pages and will be available through authorised distributors of IBM and Novell.

In addition, Novell announced the availability of directory-enabled NetWare Cluster Services for NetWare 5.0. Executives from Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM were on hand at the press conference to endorse the Novell strategy.

Compaq announced ProLiant Clusters for NetWare; Dell said it would offer Dell PowerEdge Server with NetWare Cluster Services; HP will provide its HP NetServer Family with NetWare Cluster Services; and IBM will provide its IBM Netfinity with NetWare Cluster Services.

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