Novell is to bundle IBM?s Websphere Web development environment with Netware in an attempt to attract more applications onto Novell?s network operating system (Nos).
Netware will ship with IBM Websphere Application Server, standard edition and advanced edition, for building Web based enterprise Java applications.
Analysts praised the move claiming this will enable Novell to bridge the gap between its network operating system and the enterprise infrastructure.
Tim Sloane, an analysts with the Aberdeen Group, said: "We expect Novell and IBM will quickly recognise the benefits of working together to target developers. To aid this, IBM may well consider the adoption of Novell Directory Services (NDS)."
Novell executives were at pains to stress that attracting application developers to Netware via Websphere did not indicate a move back to the Super network operating system days when it attempted to offer general purpose applications with the system to rival Microsoft NT.
Instead, Novell said Websphere developers would benefit because Netware is a speedy platform for Java applications.
Drew Major, Novell?s chief scientist and one of the original creators of Netware, admitted: "NT is a general purpose platform. Netware is less of a general purpose platform - our strength is around caching, file serving and protocol stuff. But for Websphere and Java stuff, Netware is a good applications platform."
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