NetWare 6 to Feature Stronger Storage Capabilities

Novell on Tuesday announced the latest version of its NetWare network operating system, which will feature new network storage capabilities that will integrate file, messaging, database and directory storage.

NetWare 6 has been designed for a variety of environments, including large data centers and small businesses. It is currently in a controlled beta release and will be available during the first half of 2001, said Jim Tanner, Novell's director of network product management. Pricing for NetWare 6 will be released later, he said.

Novell will offer three configurations of NetWare designed for large data centers, midsize companies and small organizations. All will ship with a new version of Novell Directory Services eDirectory.

Novell briefly outlined that NetWare 6 will offer the following:-- Ability to cluster up to 32 servers, which is an add-on capability with NetWare 5.1;-- Symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) for up to 32 processors; and-- Novell Storage Services (NSS) to handle any storage requirements by supporting billions of volumes and directories.

Novell will continue to market its most recent NetWare, version 5.1, which was released in January and added Web application-server capabilities to the network operating system. IBM Corp.'s WebSphere Application Server Standard Edition 3.0 and WebSphere Studio Developer tool set are included in NetWare 5.1. Also, NetWare 5.1 includes Oracle Corp.'s Oracle8i database and the Oracle WebDB development tool so applications can be created using Oracle8i as the back-end database.

A five-user license for NetWare 5.1 starts at $US995, a 100 user license costs $US6,995 and an upgrade for the five user license starts at $US530. Tanner said that Netware 5.1 can virtually be upgraded with add-ons to the NetWare 6 level, but that it will be more cost-effective for users to purchase NetWare 6.

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