Novell is working on 10 new applications for NDS, known as the Ten Zens, to be delivered by the end of the year.
The demand for the Ten Zens has come straight from chief executive Eric Schmidt, who wants to see new applications that exploit the power of Novell's flagship directory.
"Novell Zenworks is one of the best uses of NDS," said Clive Longbottom, analyst at CSL Consultancy. "I expect Eric said I'll have another 10 of those please."
Zenworks, short for Zero Effort Networks, is a software bundle with which users can deploy applications and manage workstation profiles from a central location. It automates desktop management, using NDS to remotely provide application management, software distribution, desktop management, and workstation maintenance.
Though Novell refused to reveal what the Ten Zens will be, the new applications are likely to include server management, routers, switches and applications linked to Novell's Bordermanager.
Stephen Davies, product marketing manager for NDS, hinted at possible new Zens on the horizon.
"ZENworks for servers will take the same principles that we applied to workstation management and extend it to server management," he explained. "This will allow network administrators to push out applications, bug fixes and so on out to branch office servers across their Wan, freeing them up to concentrate on more critical issues."
Davies said that we might also see Zen for network devices such as Zen for routers and Zen for switches. "This could see Zen software integrated with the Cisco IOS so that management of the underlying network equipment right up to the application layer becomes seamless," he said.
An ex-Novell insider said that the company is working on enhancing Bordermanager authentication services for teaching applications.
"The teacher sets up the network so that children browsing on the Internet can only reach material associated with what they are learning," he explained. He said this is set to become more dynamic and intelligent by linking children to related sites approved by education authorities.
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