Novell Pushes Wide-Ranging Product Road Map

SAN MATEO (04/03/2000) - Novell Inc. at its BrainShare conference last week revealed a slew of planned product upgrades, ranging from a version of NDS due next year to incremental improvements planned for NetWare this year.

A version of NDS, code-named Falcon, will likely emerge in the spring of 2001 as a "faster, more elegant, hard-core, pure LDAP" directory, according to Paul Corriveau, Novell product manager for directory services.

Meanwhile, Aquarium, a multi-platform file synchronization technology, will synchronize files of a user's multiple PCs via the Internet.

"This gives you seamless experiences at home, at work, or on the road," said Shawn Hansen, a product manager at Novell.

According to a product road map, Novell this fall plans to release two NetWare enhancement packages as follow-ups to the release of NetWare 5.1. One, a file protocol enhancement pack, features support for NetWare Core Protocol, enhanced NFS (Network File System) and CIFS (Common Internet File System). The other pack, an IP enhancement pack, features enhanced SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) support, NIC (network interface card) multithreading, IPSec security, and multiloading for NICs.

Planned for beta test release this spring or summer is a light, modular version of a NetWare client that offers only the features users need, such as ZEN management or file access functions, according to Novell officials.

"We tried to take a smarter approach to be able to break out a NetWare client into pieces," said Craig Miller, Novell vice president of engineering at NetWare.

Novell Inc., in Provo, Utah, is at www.novell.com.

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