Novell this week bolstered its Linux strategy with several software announcements at its annual BrainShare user conference in Salt Lake City.
The company introduced the ZENworks 7 Suite, a systems management product that lets organisations manage Windows workstations from a SuSE Linux platform. Novell also announced a Small Business Suite for Linux that includes collaboration, security and management products, as well as a desktop package, and enhancements to GroupWise, its e-mail and collaboration package.
With Novell ZENworks Suite, IT managers can image workstations, lock down configurations, deploy applications and perform inventories. ZENworks 7 Suite supports Novell's Open Enterprise Server.
Novell will also bundle a version of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server with the next version of GroupWise, scheduled to be released later this year. Code-named Sequoia, GroupWise will be released this summer, followed by Aspen and Cedar in the fall of 2006 and the spring of 2008, respectively.
ZENworks 7 Suite is expected to be available in the second quarter, when pricing will also be announced. Novell Small Business Suite 9 is expected to be available this month starting at US$475 per five users.