Novell's Kayak networking platform, a version of Netware aimed at small businesses with under 25 users, has gone into final beta and should ship in January. It will mainly be sold via resellers.
Features of Kayak include fast and simple installation, and easy management, suitable for companies with no dedicated networking staff, said the company.
"Novell realised small companies need proven network solutions as much as large enterprises," said director of product marketing, Bill Donahoo. "Kayak also provides resellers and independent software vendors with the opportunity to grow the product and with support and service offerings they can market to the rapidly expanding small business market."
Installation takes an average of half an hour using the Quick Start feature, which identifies and configures hardware components automatically. The Novell Easy Administration Tool (Neat) provides an interface for people inexperienced in networking to manage Kayak, setting up and altering elements on the network.
There are also migration tools for moving accounts and files from Netware 2 .X or 3.X and from Personal Netware. Online documentation in HTML format allows users to obtain information from the Novell Web site.
Among the facilities of Kayak are Netware Connect, which supports remote users with dial-in, dial-out and modem sharing. Management tools are based on Novell's Managewise, which allows for remote control. Resellers can dial into small business customers' networks to implement Managewise and provide network services.
Also included in Kayak is Web Server 2.5 and Netscape Navigator 3.0 for Intranet and Internet applications.
Pricing will be released at shipment time.
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