Novell and Oracle have formed a strategic alliance aimed at increasing the take-up of network computers.
Under the agreement, Novell will integrate and ship Oracle's Web Application Server 3.0 with IntranetWare and the Novell Web Server. In return, Oracle will set up a dedicated Novell products division to work on the integration of Oracle products with Novell platforms and on joint marketing, sales and support initiatives.
The move follows last month's agreement between Novell and Netscape to set up a joint company, Novonyx, to develop Netscape's SuiteSpot for the IntranetWare platform. It also forms part of Novell's strategy to promote IntranetWare as a platform for intranet applications and to make NDS more pervasive throughout the industry. Oracle has agreed to endorse NDS on all platforms.
The companies want to use their combined dominance in the networking and database markets to encourage users to migrate to the NC platform.
"Novell and Oracle will lead the industry in network computing," declared Andrew Sadler-Smith, sales director of Novell UK and Ireland.
"By integrating Oracle applications with our platform, we will accelerate the move towards the NC. Novell endorses the Network Computing Architecture and IntranetWare forms the middle tier of the NCA, as a platform for application development for the Internet and intranet," said Sadler-Smith.
Oracle will provide integration with NDS in two key areas: security and feature consistency. NDS will enable single sign-on for transparent access to an Oracle server, while providing a consistent naming and access structure to Oracle servers.
"It will allow our customers in heterogeneous networks to have a simple logical view of their network, and deliver substantial advantages in the administration and management of their systems," said Allen Swann, UK alliances director at Oracle. He claimed that around 80% of all applications for the Internet and intranet today are database-driven, making networks a key concern for his company.
He added that the alliance aids Novell in its efforts to promote IntranetWare as a development platform. "This partnership will make it easier to develop applications on Novell platforms. There's no doubt about that," he claimed.
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