Infrastructure Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (06/30/2000) - Novell Inc. this week revised its network operating system, messaging and Internet connectivity software for small businesses.

Novell Small Business Suite, in Version 5.1, now includes firewall services, the ability to bridge to other versions of NetWare and free installation support. It includes NetWare 5.1, GroupWise 5.1 and firewall services. The product used to only include proxy caching services. The package supports up to 50 concurrent users per tree over multiple servers. It's designed for firms with less than 50 network users.

The suite also includes the NetWare Management Portal, which allows browser-based management of NetWare servers and Novell's DirXML metadirectory tool, which is used to link Novell Directory Services to other network applications. The suite is available for US$1,300 for five users and $70 per additional user.

Novell: www.novell.com

Madge.connect this week launched its Smart DeskStream ATM Uplink module, which will let token-ring users connect desktop hubs to ATM backbone networks without the need for an intermediate switch. The new module offers two 155M-bps ATM ports and is available for $2,250.

Madge: www.madge.com

Dell Computer Corp. this week said it would ship Linux preinstalled with Windows and NetWare on its PowerEdge servers. Dell entered an agreement with Red Hat for its Red Hat Linux 6.2. Internally, Dell will run Red Hat Linux on its PowerEdge servers and Precision workstations. Dell and Red Hat say they will investigate core operating system developments as the Linux market grows.

They also will develop Linux for Intel's upcoming 64-bit Itanium processor.

Dell: www.dell.com.

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