Novell is to aggressively target Internet service providers (ISPs) over the coming year with souped up versions of its existing products.
Under an operation called Red Spread, Novell executives were told by bosses at its recent annual meeting in California that the company wants to sell products to ISPs to increase their capacity and offer new services.
Novell is developing a version of its flagship Novell Directory Services (NDS) that can manage between one and two million objects. It will appear early next year and enable customers to define and manage their relationships with users.
Also enhanced is the caching element of Border Manager, which enables companies to restrict access to areas within their Intranets and the Internet. ISPs will be able to 'cluster' multiple Border Managers to cache, "hundreds and thousands of servers," explained Novell's Eugene Forrester, Intranet and Internet product manager.
Throughput, response times, and number of requests processed per second will be between 10 and 100 times faster than the existing Border Manager application, Forrester explained. Forrester could not give expected release dates but said the technology is currently being tested and demonstrated to US ISPs.
"Historically Novell has enabled users to gain fast access to files. We now want to do the same for Internet users," said Forrester.
Also aimed at ISPs will be Novell's forthcoming version of Netscape's News Server that enables users to subscribe to news services or participate in discussion groups. Available in the first quarter of next year, the version is being tweaked by Novonyx, an engineering collaboration to make Netscape servers support Novell products.
For general users, Novell will also soon bump up its authentication services with support for token or smartcard and biometrics based security. Users will be able to gain access to Intranets by using devices to identify their thumb prints or by using iris recognition.
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