Novell Unveils GroupWise Upgrade

PROVO, UTAH (03/03/2000) - Additional platform flexibility, security and management features will highlight the next release of Novell Inc.'s GroupWise messaging/collaboration software, the company announced this week.

Code-named BulletProof, this version of GroupWise has improved Web management and Web client software, and increases the security of the mail system for large global networks.

In addition, a Linux version of GroupWise will be available before year-end, as well as compatibility with a range of wireless appliances. Today, GroupWise runs on NetWare, Solaris and Windows NT.

Novell has also integrated GroupWise more tightly with Novell Directory Services (NDS) and its DirXML Internet directory software. With this integration, in-house developers and software vendors can build connectors between GroupWise and applications that use the Novell directory. For instance, the company's NDS Integration for PeopleSoft connector works with GroupWise to automatically create new user mail accounts when employees join the company and are added to the PeopleSoft database. A tool kit will be available later this year for integrating applications using XML.

"It's about time," says Steve Lopez, director of systems and technology at the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia. "GroupWise's lack of integration with other applications was the biggest caveat I had in staying with the product." Lopez was considering migrating to Microsoft Outlook.

Backup on the way

Novell is also adding backup/ restore technology to GroupWise, which lets network managers protect the mail/ message database against corruption and gives them the ability to retrieve individual or groups of messages that were erased. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) capability for the transmission of messages between post offices will also be added in the next release.

"SSL has security advantages for companies that are geographically diverse," says Steve Raia, manager of enterprise server systems at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "Where a company is passing a lot of its mail between one system and the next across the Internet, the ability to encrypt those communications using 128-bit encryption would be valuable." Georgetown has 40 post offices and 7,500 GroupWise users.

Network managers will also be able to manage GroupWise completely from Novell's ConsoleOne utility. GroupWise was previously administered from the NetWare Administrator utility. And users with the GroupWise Web-based client now have the same capabilities as the GroupWise Windows client. With GroupWise WebAccess, users can now filter their e-mail and perform operations based on rules.

The BulletProof release of GroupWise will be available by year-end. Pricing was not announced.

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