Novell will offer free remote access to Novell Directory Services (NDS) and update its Intranetware range, but has promised not to acquire companies outside its core networking business.
Learning the lessons of its disastrous acquisition and subsequent sale of Wordperfect, company president Joe Marengi conceded that Novell made expensive mistakes by trying to cover too many areas in the software market. Novell's product strategy will now focus on its core competency, networking, and it insists it will reclaim the industry leading reputation it has lost via its Certified Netware Engineers, resellers and 60 million customers.
Marengi said: "We will focus on three product categories: server operating systems, network services and collaboration. We are not going to acquire companies in a completely different area as we have in the past."
The key to Novell's strategy is Intranetware and the company plans an update to its flagship package by the end of 1997. The next version of Intranetware, code-named Moab, will follow the small business version of the operating system, codenamed Kayak, which it released last month.
Novell also announced it will give away Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service for Novell Directory Services (Radius for NDS), which makes it easier for customers to access networks from anywhere with one sign-in procedure. Novell claims it is the first directory services vendor to support the IETF standard for remote access.
Denice Gibson, senior vice president of Novell's Internet products division, said the company is offering Radius for NDS free in a bid to pull the industry closer to Novell's vision of networks and standards.
Moab will also include Java capabilities, memory protection, a multiprocessor kernel, and support for Winsock, Workstation Manager and TCP/IP. The company will also incorporate a set of technologies, currently under development under the codename Project Wolf Mountain, into its products. These include advanced clustering of multiple processors, 64-bit support for the forthcoming Intel Merced processor, and advanced file system support.
It also plans a product to provide security, management and performance at the border between corporate networks and the Internet, referred to as Border Services but not yet officially named. Novell hopes Border Services will address customers' needs by offering access management, access control and lower costs for administering networks that allow Internet access.
Finally, the company introduced an examination and course for IT professionals and CNE engineers called ?Intranetware: Integrating Windows NT', responding to requests from customers.
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