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November 2, 1995

NOVELL DROPS NETWARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AS SEPARATE PRODUCT IN FAVOUR OF MANAGEWISE, DEVELOPED WITH INTEL

By CBR Staff Writer

Novell Inc has decided to stop selling its NetWare Management System management console (CI No 2,269) as a separate product and will instead concentrate on the ManageWise server, desktop and infrastructure product jointly developed with Intel Corp (CI No 2,579). The decision came simultaneously with the news that the two are shipping version 2.0 of ManageWise. ManageWise started life as a combination of Intel’s LANDesk Manager and LANDesk Virus Protect software and Novell’s NetWare Management System, NetWare Management Agent and NetWare LANalyzer Agent (CI No 2,366). The decision to phase out NetWare Management System was made, said Novell, because customers have been abandoning it in favour of buying the management console as an integrated part of ManageWise. The company will offer existing customers an upgrade option to ManageWise at a substantial discount, and will continue selling stand-alone versions of the Manager and LANalyzer agents. The new version of ManageWise is said to provide seamless switching between Simple Network Management Protocol-based management and NetWare Directory Services-based administration. According to Novell, NetWare Directory Services can now be used as a security framework for Simple Network Management Protocol-based management, enabling the administrator to authenticate via NetWare Directory Services. Similarly, network trending, thresholding and critical device monitoring can now be distributed, said the company, and NetWare servers can be managed from any SNMP-based management console. The two are also moving to extend administration into the wide area: remote dial-up management and remote management over NetWare Connect Services is now possible, a feature it expects network resellers to use to offer facilities management to their customers. ManageWise 2.0 is out now from Novell resellers, the firm says, but it did not give any prices.

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