Novell, a company that specializes in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, has announced public availability of the Novell NetWare 6 beta.
NetWare 6 provides access to networked files, printing and other services from any desktop without requiring a network client. It delivers Novell iFolder and iPrint, new Net services for Internet filing and printing, and with the latest beta version, network management can now be done from any desktop, from any device, in any location, according to Michael Simpson, vice president of Novell’s platform solutions team.
NetWare 6 allows Mac, Windows, Unix, Linux, and Web-based client workstations to connect and store files and data on centrally managed servers, as well as on emerging storage area network (SAN) solutions.
In the eBusiness world, people want to access all network services from a variety of devices, ranging from desktop and laptop computers in mixed client environments to cell phones and other handheld devices. NetWare is designed to facilitate this by allowing folks to work across all types of networks and all leading operating environments as a single network-one Net.
“Users are free to choose how they access their data, whether through a native client, the traditional NetWare client or through a Web browser,” Simpson said in a statement. “With NetWare 6, we are delivering on Novell’s goal to truly help our customers build a one Net environment, significantly reducing their costs and improving the reliability of their networks.”
NetWare 6 includes innovative Net services like Novell iFolder “access anywhere” information management software. With Novell iFolder (which allows users to access information from any type of device), users can securely access and synchronize their files, anywhere in the world, across all types of networks and on any Internet-enabled machine, Simpson said. Novell iPrint lets users find the right printer, automatically receive the right printer driver if they don’t have it already, and securely send the print job to that printer with the click of a mouse, he added. Also included are Novell NDS eDirectory, multiprocessor enablement (up to 32 processors) and server clustering for high availability.
Customers, partners and solution providers can order the NetWare 6 public beta and obtain more information about NetWare 6 at the Novell Web site. Pricing and general availability of NetWare 6 will be announced later.