Eric Schmidt, Novell?s CEO, said last week that the company has plans to make Intranetware a Java applications server environment.
Schmidt, on his first trip to Europe since he joined Novell last April, told a gathering of journalists that: ?Java is going to be important on the server... we want to be the premier platform for Java applications.?
As part of the strategy -- to which Schmidt failed to reveal dates -- Novell will embrace Java in four ways.
It will use an Orb to enable Java components to communicate, build Java Virtual Machine into its network operating system, enable its services products such as Groupwise and Managewise to support Java access through the Novell and Sun-developed Java Naming Directory Interface (JNDI), and to write selective new pieces of software in Java.
?We will not be writing all new pieces of software in Java,? explained Novell chief technology officer Glenn Ricart.
?For example we have not written Border Services [Novell?s Intranet security products] in Java because the compiler is not mature enough for this product at this stage,? he said.
Novell will ensure its directory and printing services, and file system support Java. It will be those modules that are closer to the hardware, such as the kernel, that will continue to be written in C or be event-driven.
Intranetware will also be able to support third party applications software, such as SAP, Peoplesoft and Oracle as these begin to support Active X or Java beans. It is also promoting a developer programme to encourage third parties to write to its environment.
Eventually these software components and Intranetware modules will be able to communicate via the Visibroker Object Request Broker (Orb) which Novell licensed from Visigenic earlier this year.
Novell executives are looking for a respository but do not believe a decision will be made soon. Derek Venter, Novell UK?s market development manager for NDS and Intranetware, expects the repository will contain Java applets as well as Intranetware modules.
He said there could be three options for a repository: Network Storage Services (NSS), NDS, or a third party repository. NSS, which will ship with Moab its next release of Intranetware expected early next year, helps locate files that live across machines or directories. ?Files can be stored anywhere on the network and NSS keeps track of where they are,? explained Venter.
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