Novell extends ZENworks mgmt. to handhelds

Novell Inc. Thursday announced that it is purchasing mobile management software vendor Callisto Software Inc. in an effort to add support for handheld devices to its ZENworks line of desktop and server management software.

ZENworks for Handhelds, which Novell will introduce early next year, is based on Callisto technology. With it in place, IT managers will be able to deploy software to handheld devices and manage them as they would the desktops and servers on their networks, Novell said.

Novell, at present, provides desktop and server management of Windows NT, 2000, NetWare and Windows desktops with two packages: ZENworks for Desktops and ZENworks for Servers.

According to Gartner Group Inc., over 12.3 million PDA will be in use by 2001. Novell claims that 91 percent of its customers using ZENworks for Desktops are looking for ways to manage handhelds and mobile devices.

Callisto's Orbiter technology provides several management features for handhelds, including software distribution, hardware and software inventory, troubleshooting and file retrieval.

Novell said it will release further details on ZENworks for Handhelds early next year. Novell and Callisto expect to close the transaction within the next 30 days.

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