On September 16, 1998, Computergram International published an article stating that Novell would back down from an all out approach on the clustering market through its Orion clustering technology. The article cites Stewart Nelson, senior vice president of the products group, as the source for this information. Stewart Nelson was never directly quoted in this article, and he (along with Dave Shirk who was also in the interview) reports that he never made the statements published in your article. Therefore, Novell believes Nelson’s statements were misunderstood or taken out of context. Novell would like to clarify the company’s position on its Orion clustering technology. Novell is not aimed at an all out approach to clustering and is not going to focus on high end clustering features. Instead, Novell will deliver clustering technologies in a staged approach and will focus on high availability, performance and scalability features in clustering. A version compatible with NetWare 5, Novell’s powerful platform for conducting Internet-enabled business, is due in the first half of 1999; the second version of NHAS, which will enable support for multi-node clusters and improved manageability through Novell Directory Services(r) (NDS*), is slated for delivery in the second half of 1999.
Press Relations Manager Novell, Inc