LINUX continues to be flavour of the year at Novell.
Last week the software company took part in its second multi-vendor roadshow this year to drive the Linux message, as it continues to boost the Linux capabilities of its product line-up.
Novell joined Unisys and Oracle to present sessions in Auckland and Wellington on deploying Linux in data centres.
In July and August it undertook a multi-stop tour with Oracle and HP to raise awareness about the choices available with Linux from the desktop to the data centre.
Paul Kangro, Novell’s Sydney-based solutions manager for Asia-Pacific, says the latest events, aimed at customers and partners, were more technical than the previous round, and centred on positioning Linux as a viable replacement for outgoing Unix platforms.
“This is a real sweet spot for Linux at the moment. People who look into it often find a Linux deployment comes with fewer zeros on the bottom line than they expected,” Kangro says.
The session touched on technical aspects, such as how Linux fits in with clustering and virtualisation technologies and service-orientated architectures like web services and grid computing.
“We were looking over the horizon to see where these technologies start colliding,” he says.
Meanwhile, Novell has released SuSE Linux 10, the open version of its Linux operating system.
“This is the most usable Linux platform ever for complete novices. It includes a plethora of applications and gives people a great overall view of what is available on Linux,” says Kangro.
Novell also recently launched new versions of its GroupWise and Zenworks suites featuring Linux-orientated enhancements.
GroupWise 7 is the main alternative to Microsoft Exchange, and now runs on Linux, says Kangro.
The software ships bundled with a copy of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 to run on, although it also runs on other versions of Linux, NetWare and Windows.
“It is a full collaborative product based on Linux,” says Kangro.
Zenworks 7 now includes a management component for Linux systems.
“It gives administrators the ability to completely lock down Linux desktops, which is a big issue,” says Kangro. “It addresses a lot of the total cost-of-ownership issues of managing Linux desktops and applying policies.”
Uptake of Novell’s Linux products is increasing in New Zealand, which is good news for resellers, says Kangro.
He says the money customers save on buying software licences can be reinvested in services provided by resellers.
“This puts money back into the pockets of the reseller community.”