Novell to expand Web services

Novell Inc. plans to announce as soon as the first quarter of next year a new version of the exteNd Web services software it obtained through its acquisition of middleware vendor SilverStream in June.

Version 5.0 will incorporate parts of Novell technologies, including its directory, portal and secure identity management offerings, and exteNd's application server will be ported to NetWare. In addition, Version 5.0 will boast compatibility with Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition 1.3 and feature support for advanced portlet technology as outlined in Java Specification Reference 168, says Frank Auger, a former SilverStream Software Inc. executive who is now vice president of product marketing for Web services development at Novell.

In addition to the application server, Novell's exteNd line consists of portal services, legacy application integration software and application development tools.

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