Novell has boosted its Novonyx joint venture with Netscape, promising extra investment and new products.
Rumours have abounded that Novonyx - set up a year ago as a joint venture between Novell and Netscape - would be subsumed back into Novell.
"Novonyx is not going away," insisted Steve Saunders, Novell Europe's director of Netscape server products. "Novonyx was established so Netscape would pass on its source code to Novell. Now that Novell has realised its key cornerstone, which is to be squarely in the Internet space, we've pulled Novonyx closer to the company."
Novonyx is to recruit 50 extra engineers by the end of the year to add to its existing 25. Five of those are from Novell, with the rest recruited externally. Netscape initially provided engineers from its existing porting group to the Novonyx effort.
Novell is to replace its own Web server product, a sub-component of IntranetWare, with Netscape alternatives. Novell refused to give an exact date for the project, but said it was possible the Netscape technology will appear in Beta 3 NetWare 5 in May.
As part of this plan, Novonyx is porting Netscape's version of the industry standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to Netware. This facility will be available in Q2, and will enable users to run their existing Netware Directory Services (NDS) and Netscape LDAP services in parallel.
Within 18 months, NDS will replace Netscape's own directory services in its servers for the Netware environment.
Peter Clegg, product director for Netscape server products at Novell, claimed the work for customers would be relatively simple. "It would be a matter of copying files to a different directory," he said.
Novonyx now operates as the Internet research and development unit of Novell, but Netscape still has a minority shareholding. The venture was established to help Novell gain a foothold in the Internet market, and is working to create new versions of Netscape's Web server software to run on Netware.
Future products will not appear with the Novonyx brand, but will be sold by Novell as Netscape servers for NetWare.
- 50 new engineers
- Netscape's Web server technology to replace Novell's in NetWare
- Novonyx to port Netscape's version of the LDAP to Netware
- Netscape to use NDS instead of its own directory services techology.
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