> What's New for Workgroups
The simple truth is that some aspects of your IT environment are more exciting to work on than others. But if you happen to think the workgroup arena is one that lacks excitement, think again. Take a look at the workgroup offerings Novell has lined up to release in the month of October.
> Open to Growth
Over the past several months, Novell Connection magazine has explored what the new capabilities in Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 offer in terms of advanced workgroup file, print and storage services. (See the 4-part series, Highlights of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2.) Articles have covered the storage cost savings delivered by Dynamic Storage Technology, the server consolidation and workload isolation benefits offered by OS virtualization services, and the transition of key Novell services to the Linux platform. But when it comes to understanding how Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 provides the reliability, flexibility and high performance that organizations need for their mission-critical operations, you simply need to look at what customers such as First American Title Holding Company have experienced with the solution.
First American Title Holding Company, a beta site for Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, leveraged the advanced workgroup services in the product to make its users more productive in the office and on the road. It has also implemented Xen virtualization to consolidate 10 of its servers down to two, which dramatically reduced its power and cooling costs, the size of its data center, and its hardware costs—by a whopping 50 percent! Just as important as the increased productivity and cost reductions, the title company understood that it needed the openness and flexibility offered by Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 to really grow its business.
“We realized that we did not want a proprietary platform and that Linux is where the future is headed,” says Dan McDougall, corporate IT director at First American Title Holding Company. “Anything other than Novell Open Enterprise Server would not have given us the flexibility we need. Moving to Linux allows us to plug the best products we can find into an open architecture.”
To help every customer take advantage of this flexibility, Novell is offering a promotion that includes 4 hours of free, instructor-led product training. Designed to provide an intensive, hands-on experience with Novell Open Enterprise Server 2, this seminar (Course 1000, Open for Training) introduces you to new and enhanced features such as Xen virtualization, Dynamic Storage Technology (DST), DFS Junctions and Archive and Version Services on Linux, Novell iFolder 3.6 and Novell iManager 2.7. This promotion is available until January 30, 2008 and features great prizes—including an all-expenses-paid trip to BrainShare 2008. For more information, visit novell.com/products/openenterpriseserver/training_promo.html.
"We realized that we did not want a proprietary platform and that Linux is where the future is headed. Anything other than Novell Open Enterprise Server would not have given us the flexibility we need."
Just as Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 delivers greater choice and flexibility as an open workgroup platform, choice and flexibility are inherent in the release of the other two Novell workgroup offerings debuting this month—Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition and Novell Teaming + Conferencing.
> Getting the Most from Workgroups
When Novell Open Workgroup Suite was introduced, it was intended to serve the workgroup needs of any size organization. But over time Novell received feedback from small business customers and partners indicating that, while they were excited about what the Open Workgroup Suite offered, they needed something tailored for organizations their size. They wanted a simpler installation, lower licensing costs and a suite of services geared more to the needs of small business. That’s exactly what the Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition does.
As a complete desktop-to-server small business solution, Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition bundles the advanced workgroup services found in Novell Open Enterprise Server, a robust server platform provided by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, innovative and secure collaboration offered by Novell GroupWise, a business-ready desktop environment in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, and full-featured productivity tools in the Novell edition of OpenOffice.org.
Missing from the list is the ZENworks suite. Its comprehensive enterprise management tools tend to be overkill for small organizations. Removing it enabled Novell to lower the overall cost of the suite, while putting in its place a more basic, easy-to-use management interface. (See Figure 1.)
Cost is a critical concern for small businesses. Many struggle to find enough budget to invest in the software, hardware, and training and support services they need. The Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition helps you minimize that struggle by delivering a Linux-based desktop-to-server solution, with all the services and functionality your small business requires, at a fraction of the cost of competing alternatives. This allows you to invest in value-added services, such as deployment, training and support, that increase return on investment.
For example, priced at US$475 for a five-user license with maintenance, Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition can save organizations up to 80 percent in software acquisition costs when compared to Microsoft Small Business Server and Microsoft Small Business Office 2007. In fact, you can save $280 per desktop just by deploying the suite’s OpenOffice.org productivity suite instead of Microsoft Small Business Office 2007.
It’s worth noting that while a few of your users might have unique needs that require Office 2007, OpenOffice.org contains all the features (and more) that the majority of users require. Of course, the open and interoperable nature of Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition gives you the flexibility not only to have a mix of users on Linux and Windows clients, but a mix of OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office users as well. In fact, as a result of the interoperability agreement between Novell and Microsoft, plug-ins are now available that allow OpenOffice.org documents to be opened in Microsoft Office and vice-versa.
Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition also includes a set of fully supported open source components that deliver capabilities not included in competing small business solutions. These open source services include the following:
- Amanda: single master backup server
- HylaFAX: fax system
- MailScanner: anti-spam filter
- ClamAV: anti-virus e-mail scanner
- iptables: network firewall
- OpenVPN: full-featured SSL virtual private network
- TightVNC: remote control software for controlling, monitoring and interacting with client computers
The Linux foundation of Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition enables the use of other free or cost-effective open source applications, as well as letting you run on less expensive commodity hardware. You can also take advantage of readily available Linux technical expertise and the wealth of business applications certified to run on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.