European chiefs of Novell Internet venture Novonyx came out in force today to insist the company is still alive and kicking.
Rumours have abounded that Novonyx - set up a year ago as a joint venture between Novell and Netscape - was to be subsumed back into Novell, since the networking company regained sole control.
Said Steve Saunders, Novell Europe's director of Netscape server products: "Novonyx was established so Netscape would pass on its source code to Novell. Now that Novell has realised its key cornerstone, which is to be squarely in the Internet space, we've pulled Novonyx closer to the company. But Novonyx is not going away."
Novonyx now operates as the Internet research and development unit of Novell, but Netscape still retains a minority shareholding. The venture was established to help Novell gain a foothold in the Internet market and is working to create new versions of Netscape's Web server software, to run on Novell's Netware operating system.
Despite Saunders' assurances, future products will not appear with the Novonyx brand but will be sold by Novell as Netscape servers for Netware (see Newswire 26 February).
Saunders dismissed claims that Novell decided to pull Novonyx back because of Netscape?s current financial difficulties. ?The decision was made before Netscape?s announcements,? he said.
Novonyx said it will recruit 50 extra engineers by the end of the year to add to its existing 25. Five of those are from Novell, with the rest recruited externally. Netscape provided engineers from its existing porting group to the Novonyx effort.
Novell is to replace its own Internet server product with Netscape alternatives. As part of this plan, Novonyx is porting Netscape?s version of the industry standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to Netware. This facility will be available in the second quarter of this year, and will enable users to run their existing Netware Directory Services (NDS) and Netscape LDAP services in parallel.
Within 18 months NDS will replace Netscape?s own directory services in its servers for the Netware environment.
Peter Clegg, product director for Netscape server products at Novell, claimed the work for customers would be relatively simple. ?It would be a matter of copying files to a different directory,? he said.
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