With its next-generation directory service in place, Novell has unveiled supporting products at BrainShare that aim to manage users across the enterprise and the Web.
The company launched IMS (Internet Messaging Server), codenamed Liberty, a product geared towards ISPs that integrates with NDS Version 8 (see PC Week, 16 March) at its annual BrainShare user conference in Salt Lake City.
Peter Cruishank, network supervisor with the US Navy and a beta tester of the technology, commented: "From a global perspective this new messaging server is excellent as we have high scalability requirements and cross platform issues and we need to tie in Exchange, Notes and Netscape Messaging, which we can do with NDS Version 8 at the back end."
Ashim Pal, senior analyst at the Meta Group, commented: "This is all good stuff from Novell, but it needs to bring out versions for Solaris and NT, which will be essential for the success of this product. This will also stabilise Novell's lead on Microsoft in the directory battle."
Novell was unable to provide pricing or a shipping date for Liberty.
The company also demonstrated a GroupWise plug-in for Outlook, codenamed Curacao. The free add-on to the GroupWare platform lets Microsoft Outlook messaging clients talk to GroupWise via the Messaging API.
Novell highlighted new service features in NDS for ISPs, including improved security support in the form of a native public key infrastructure and a multimaster replication model that combines Novell's duplication technology with the LDAP standard.
Also on Novell's roadmap is new software codenamed Magellan, a product for bridging the gap between Windows and NetWare.
"The software takes Group-Wise's document management and Web publishing features and allows users without GroupWise, such as Microsoft Office users, to publish information as HTML documents on the Web or intranets," explained Peter Joseph, technology strategist at Novell.
Joseph hinted at new clustering and fault-tolerance capabilities for BorderManager and FastCache proxy server, but refused to reveal details.
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