NetWare 5 is out on the streets from 20 September and will be bundled with an Oracle8 database inside the box, unheard of in any earlier versions of the operating system.
Oracle8 for NetWare offers integration with NDS to provide operating system authentication to Oracle servers on the network. Oracle databases can be configured for single sign-on and privilege management through NDS, simplifying network administration.
An Oracle spokesman said: "Oracle's data servers are linked to the overall transition towards network computing which is why Novell has integrated Oracle8 in NetWare. The data server comes with complete Web support, messaging, object and multimedia data support."
Peter Joseph, Novell's UK corporate strategist, said: "We have extended the NetWare platform out to the Internet and with Oracle8 given users an excellent resource to store and back up to."
Oracle8 cartridges manage text, video, spatial data, time series data and image retrieval. Oracle8 includes the following options: Advanced Networking Option, Oracle Objects, Oracle Express Server, Oracle Parallel Server, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Oracle Partitioning.
Organisations using NetWare 4 can get Oracle8 for NetWare separately and build their own custom database applications using enterprise development tools such as Oracle's Developer2000.
A NetWare 5 server with a five-user licence will be priced at $1,195 (#729), with additional five to 500-user client packs available in any combination. The Novell Web site at www.novell.com/passport gives complete pricing details.
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NetWare 5: the key features
- based on pure Internet Protocol (IP), which uses network bandwidth much more efficiently, simplifies protocol management and offers better integration
- an enhanced version of NDS, including support for the LDAP Version 3 communication standard for interoperability with other directories
- Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for running server-based applications and services written in Java.
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