What They're Saying about Open Enterprise Server
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Posted: 19 Apr 2005
Here's a quick round-up of some early reviews of Open Enterprise Server. If you spot other stories and reviews, let us know and we'll add them to the list.
With some free time and some spare equipment lying around, I decided to give Novell's Open Enterprise Server an install. I work in a Netware environment, but given recent trends, I decided to try and drop OES on a fresh SUSE Enterprise install. This isn't a comprehensive review; rather it's just some comments while I was just playing around. It might give people a better idea what OES actually is.
Novell's OES 1.0 is most notable for the range of options it offers companies, particularly those now running NetWare. OES can be backed by the SUSE Linux or NetWare platforms and provides a solid route for enterprises looking to mix these platforms or migrate between them. What's more, OES provides for synchronization with or migration from Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.
Novell's OES Eases Path to Linux
NetWare shops seeking wider support for hardware and software will find Novell Inc.'s Open Enterprise Server 1.0 a fairly pain-free migration route to the greener pastures of Linux.
Last year, shortly after acquiring SUSE Linux AG and its enterprise-focused Linux distribution, Novell announced that its follow-on to NetWare 6.5 would ship as a set of network services that run atop the NetWare or the Linux kernel. OES 1.0, which began shipping last month, is the product of that effort.
NetWare Platform Is Far From Dead
When Novell Inc. acquired SUSE Linux AG and its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server product, the move left many--including sites that depend on NetWare--wondering whether the acquisition signaled the end of the road for Novell's once-dominant network operating system. Novell has indeed announced that there will be no further standalone NetWare releases. Rather, the operating system will continue to live on as an underlying platform for Novell's Open Enterprise Server.
Far from sounding a death knell for NetWare, however, the work Novell has done to plaster over the differences between NetWare and Linux in OES should extend the life of NetWare as a platform. This is good news for NetWare shops that aren't ready to migrate off this stalwart platform.
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