Novell to outline future of NetWare

Novell is planning to outline the future of its NetWare operating system at this month's BrainShare conference in Salt Lake City.

The company plans to discuss at the show the next version of NetWare, codenamed 6 Pack, that will be built around Novell Directory Services (NDS) 8 -- the highly scalable Internet directory that Novell announced on Monday.

6 Pack will leverage NDS v8 for the management of Internet and enterprise applications and for the capability to manage millions of objects on one server with superior performance, reliability, and security, company officials said.

Additionally, 6 Pack will offer directory-based server management capabilities and will build upon the current IP support that was included in NetWare 5, which Novell began shipping in September 1998.

One of the most significant enhancements to this next release of NetWare, according to Brad Dew, NetWare product marketing manager, is its improved multiprocessor support.

"All of the Novell core services will now be multiprocessor-enabled," Dew said.

Compaq will be showcasing at BrainShare its forthcoming eight-way server technology that will leverage 6 Pack's enhanced processor optimisation and performance, officials at both companies said. The companies this week confirmed that they are working together on caching technology.

Novell also plans to demonstrate for BrainShare attendees Modesto, the 64-bit server OS that Novell originally announced at 1998's BrainShare.

The software company will demonstrate Modesto on a simulated Intel Merced IA-64 processor. Both Modesto and Intel's Merced are expected to ship mid-2000, Novell officials said.

The first beta release of 6 Pack is scheduled to ship in April.

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