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New Novell Conferencing Opens the Door to Easy,
Inexpensive and Effective Web Meetings

Written by Ken Baker

Inexpensive Web Events

As a 100 percent browser-based offering, you can host or join a Novell Conferencing event from a Mac, Windows or Linux computer. However, if you're hosting the event and want to share your desktop, you need to be aware that the initial release of Novell Conferencing only supports screen sharing from Windows and Mac clients. The screen sharing plug-in for Linux desktops will be available in a future release.

Once you install the screen sharing plug-in, you’ll be able to start a meeting or share your desktop without even launching a browser. The plug-in lets you pause and play your screen, as well as quickly switch out of sharing your desktop to the other collaboration features provided by Novell Conferencing.

Another benefit of being a 100 percent browser-based offering is that Novell Conferencing doesn’t require any additional infrastructure investments or maintenance. It simply takes advantage of your computer’s microphone and Webcam to integrate voice and video into your Web event. Priced at a fraction of the cost of competing conferencing solutions, Novell Conferencing begins at US$120 per user/year for a 20-participant room, with pricing also available for 50- and 1,000-participant rooms.

Even though this release of Novell Conferencing doesn’t include telephony/PBX integration, that functionality will be provided in a future release. When this integration becomes available, it will use a soft bridge for voice processing. This will represent another significant savings since you won’t have to invest in an expensive voice processing hardware card.

Priced at a fraction of the cost of competing conferencing solutions, Novell Conferencing begins at US$120 per user/year for a 20-participant room, with pricing also available for 50- and 1,000-participant rooms.

Instant Message—Instant Conference

The previous conferencing product from Novell used the Pidgin client, leaving some to wonder about Novell GroupWise Instant Messenger. Novell Conferencing clears up any confusion about what instant messaging platform Novell is moving forward with by providing powerful integration with Novell GroupWise Instant Messenger. This integration enables you to elevate an instant message into a full-blown instant Web conference. In other words, it makes launching real-time Web meetings as easy as initiating an instant message.

Novell Conferencing will leverage this integration with Novell GroupWise Instant Messenger to create integration points with Novell Teaming in the coming months. For example, Novell GroupWise Instant Messenger will become the presence engine for Novell Teaming. In a month or two you’ll also see integrations between Novell GroupWise and Novell Conferencing, including the ability to easily schedule a Web conference using a Novell GroupWise appointment and then allowing attendees to join a Web conference by simply clicking a link within the appointment.

  • Quick and easy to deploy
  • No infrastructure investment except for a reliable Internet connection
  • No client or server software to install or maintain
  • Instant scalability with no need to buy additional hardware or servers
  • Lower initial costs as a result of its yearly subscription model
  • Access to the service from any Internet connected computer
  • Always up-to-date with the latest features at no additional charge
  • No need to maintain a labor-intensive patch and upgrade process
  • Reduced effort from and reliance on IT staff for support

Later this year, Novell plans to deliver an on-premise version of Novell Conferencing as well. Any Novell customer that purchased Novell Teaming + Conferencing and remains current on their maintenance contract will be able to take advantage of the on-premise version of Novell Conferencing without any additional cost.

To learn more about how Novell Conferencing can provide you inexpensive, effective, easy-to-host and easy-to-join Web events, visit www.novell.com/conferencing.

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