Novell has set out its strategy for the future of IntranetWare, revealing details of the new products to come.
Moab is the codename for the first upgrade to the network operating system, due out in the first quarter of next year. Moab will concentrate on high availability features, and will have support for hot plugging PCI, a new multiprocessing kernel, a new storage environment to cope with terabyte file sizes and, the company claims, the fastest Java server available on Intel.
This will be followed in the third quarter of 1998 by Park City, which will include data clustering capabilities. It will also have a Java-based version of the ManageWise Command Centre network management function and Corba support. This version will also see the debut of Novell's Nebo project, said to be similar to Microsoft's Zero Administration for Windows.
The upgrade to follow Park City in 1999 is codenamed Escalante. Escalante will have better resource distribution, a virtual file store fusing the directory and storage so users need not be aware of where they are saving their files, and application load balancing. This version will have 64-bit support so it can run on Intel's Merced chip. It will have wide area clustering and will be able to support up to 255 servers each with 32 CPUs.
"Escalante is a mainframe by any other name," claimed Dominic Storey, director of technology at Novell UK.
As the network becomes easier to manage, Storey said, the network operating system and the network directory, Novell Directory Services (NDS) will be invisible to the user. As a result, Novell plans to brand itself in a similar way to Intel with its Intel Inside campaign, to ensure users are aware of the company's products.
Storey also stressed that future versions of IntranetWare would be heavily committed to Java. "This was our focus even before Eric Schmidt joined," he said. Schmidt, who became Novell's CEO in April, was previously one of the key figures behind Java development at Sun.
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