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GroupWise 3rd Party Report from LinuxWorld

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By Richard Bliss

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Posted: 20 Feb 2004

Recently LinuxWorld was held in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center. Three of Novell's GroupWise partners were there supporting Novell in its move into the Linux space. The three partners were GWAVA with their GWAVIX initiative. Notify Technology, which announced their Server Software has being ported to Apache and will soon be ported to Linux, and Brainstorm, Novell's Authorized End-User Training partner, showing off their latest Linux Quick Start Cards for Ximian's Open Office and Open Office training tour.

Novell's booth was packed with heavy traffic during the entire run of the show. Novell's announcement that GroupWise is moving to open Beta for Linux generated enough interest that some Linux shops began asking the attending GroupWise partners how to migrate from various Linux Open Source email products to GroupWise for Linux.

These Third Party Partners were pleased by the response and overall traffic. In spite of the show being a Linux event, there was a significant number of Novell Channel partners and GroupWise administrators in attendance. These partners feel that Novell porting GroupWise to Linux is injecting new momentum into the market.

Charles Taite, CTO for GWAVA stated "Novell's Linux initiative with GroupWise will contribute to the increasing momentum for GroupWise in the marketplace. GWAVA is seeing success with our Linux solution for anti-spam and anti-virus called GWAVIX. This success is due to Novell's strong commitment to Linux."

Paul DePond, CEO for Notify Technology said, "The strength and stability of Linux, combined with the low cost, is causing organizations to look for Mobility solutions on the Linux platform. Mobility for GroupWise is needed on something other than Windows and IIS from Microsoft. Notify is committed to Apache and Linux and is seeing strong interest from GroupWise organizations of all sizes."

All the partners agreed that the show was well worth being there, even though the market is young and still developing. Novell's booth had enthusiasm, excitement, and standing room only crowds, something not seen for several years. Everyone was excited and feels that the future with Linux is looking very bright.

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