Novell boosts Linux with ZENworks 7, SBS launches

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.

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