Novell Inc is now shipping its NetWare Link Services Protocol for users of NetWare 3.X and 4.X servers. Announced last year, NetWare Link Services Protocol is a routing technology for Internet Package Exchange networks and is designed to free bandwidth by eliminating Routing Information Protocol and Service Advertising Protocol broadcasts. Novell claims it can reduce traffic overhead by up to 40 times. Because of this, Novell also claims it enables users to add more clients and network services without adding to their bandwidth capacity. NetWare Link Services Protocol is claimed to be backwards-compatible with Routing Information Protocol/Service Advertising Protocol networks, enabling users to upgrade their networks a portion at a time should they so wish. As well as being integrated in the next releases of NetWare 4.1 and NetWare MultiProtocol Router products, it is available on Novell’s NetWire. Novell Inc has formed a new Novell GroupWare Division, formalising development of its Collaborative Computing Environment. It will be headed by Ken Duncan, formerly president of SoftSolutions, while Bob Young, the existing vice-president of the NetWare Products Group has been appointed vice-president of marketing. Stewart Nelson, currently vice-president of GroupWise, is to be vice-president of research and development.
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