Novell has lavished its IntranetWare with a bag of new features including enhanced security and improved price/performance, in a determined bid to make a comeback on the Internet.
Border Services, Novell's Extranet technology, has been renamed Border Manager, and claims improved connection protection at the point where internal networks and intranets link to the Internet and WANs.
Border Manager combines various open technologies and services, which can ship as standalone software offerings. Among the enhancements are single point of security management; Internet and intranet access management to the user level; enhanced Net performance across corporate networks, Internet and intranets; and lower costs of operation.
Novell Replication Services (NRS) enables data on IntranetWare and NetWare servers to be replicated across the networautomatically.
Novell claims it will be easier to replicate data across a WAN, including video, audio and still images. The downside is that replications can only take place within a designated Novell Directory Services tree, and it cannot transfer across multiple trees.
The technology ships as a Network Loadable Module (NLM), running under NetWare 4.1 and IntranetWare. Clients - Windows 3.1, Windows 95, OS/2 and MS-DOS - can access replicated files.
Amid all this product activity, chief executive Eric Schmidt is bombarding Wall Street sceptics with positive messages, hoping that a good reaction will bring about a resurgence in the company's share price, down to $8 from $15 this time last year.
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