Novell has announced an update to Netware 3.12, the still widely used predecessor to its current Intranetware network operating system.
The Netware 3.2 Enhancement Pack includes a Year 2000 patch for the product - and a two-user evaluation copy of Intranetware. Seperately, the company has announced that the next version of its flagship product will drop the Intranetware name, and be called Netware 5.0.
Derek Venter, market development manager for Novell UK, denies that the launch of Netware 3.2 means Novell is reviving its earlier product line. ?We do not recommend that people stay with Netware 3, and we do not recommend that people purchase Netware 3. But we do recognise that we have a huge number of servers out there, more than any other vendor, and that people are relying on them?.
Derek Venter said Novell wishes to help customers who do not have enough time left to complete a migration to Intranetware before the Year 2000. ?Though a large proportion of customers have moved to Intranetware there is still a significant proportion who use Netware 3. And of those, a significant number are finding it difficult to switch over completely before the year 2000.? Netware 3.2 will buy those customers some time, Novell hopes. ?But migrating towards Intranetware or Netware 5.0 is still the goal".
Analysts have often blamed Novell?s financial troubles on the success of Netware 3.12 and the difficulties Novell has experienced in getting its huge customer base to upgrade to later versions of the software. According to Derek Venter, Intranetware sites now outnumber Netware 3 sites - but not by a very large number.
Netware 3.2 Enhancement Pack is an add-on to exisitng Netware 3.12 networks. It includes Year 2000 patches for Netware 3.12 (also separately available as a free download from http:/www.novell.com/p2000), as well as a number of other enhancements, such as a new Windows front end to the character-based ?syscon? utility for network administrators, and the latest versions of the Netware client software.
The package also includes a two-user evaluation copy of Intranetware. The NetWare 3.2 Enhancement Pack will be available in January and will be priced at $349 per server for current NetWare 3.12 customers.
Novell is currently offering for download from its Web site beta versions of the Year 2000 fixes for Netware 3.12 and 4.11, as well as for the 32-bit Netware client. Customers using prior versions of Netware, will have to upgrade to Netware 3.12. Final versions of the patches will be available for free by New Year.
Seperately, Novell has announced that it is dropping the ?Intranetware? name which was used for the Netware 4.11 product. The next version of the network operating system, now in beta and codenamed Moab, will be called Netware 5.0.
Explains Derek Venter: ?There is a tremendous lot more to NetWwre than File and Print services, and we needed to communicate that. The Intranetware name was a part of that, and it was very succesful in getting customers to associate Novell with the Internet space.? However, Novell now estimates it should return to ?classic? Netware brandname.
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