Novell has unveiled the Novell Internet Caching System that it claims can increase the capacity of Web servers 10 fold.
The product will be available for license by Intel based OEMs. Drew Major, Novell?s chief scientist, speaking at the company?s Brainshare conference in Utah, said: "Caching is pivotal for Novell to break out of just selling to the Netware installed base."
Caching involves copying and storing Web content to speed up the loading of information. As Web use has escalated over recent years, caching has become a fundamental part of the infrastructure.
The caching system is the first in a line of so called network appliances that Novell will sell as packaged tools. They will run on standard networking kit such as Cisco routers and on Unix operating system platforms.
For example, the product announced at Brainshare, Internet Caching System, is a black box that can be plugged into switches on a Cisco, Unix , NT or any other network environment. Although Netware is the underlying operating system within Internet Caching System, no other Netware servers are required to support the box.
According to Drew Major, Novell?s chief scientist, the company could shrink wrap other components of Netware, such as the file server and slot it into a non Novell environment.
"With Netware people think you need the Netware client and the IPX protocol. But with these appliances people do not need to know that Netware is there," he said.
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