Novell's Open, Standards-based Computing Initiatives Gain Momentum
Since its launch two months ago at BrainShare 2003, Novell's user conference, the Novell Forge open source Web site is now home to about 200 projects under development by Novell's growing developer community Also a leader in open standards initiatives, Novell leads the development of many key Java and Web services specifications Open source and open standards that permit interoperability and provide customers with the freedom of choice are a key component of Novell's one Net vision of a world without information boundaries
To help organizations realize the value of their information securely and economically, Novell participates in more than 50 committees working to define next-generation industry standards with more than 15 standards organizations, and actively contributes to a number of open source projects. The company recently launched an open source developer resource, the Novell® Forge Web site (http://forge.novell.com), and in less than two months, the number of projects under development has grown to about 200, demonstrating the commitment of Novell's growing developer community to the company's open, standards-based computing initiatives.
Through the Novell Forge site, developers can download, modify, exchange and update open source code released by Novell; share projects and ideas with the broader Novell development community; and participate in vertical market and technology communities. Some of the projects Novell has contributed via the Novell Forge Web site include the Novell Nsure™ UDDI server, the first industrial strength, open source UDDI server based on a directory, and the company's DSML support for eDirectory™ that was also recently published through OpenLDAP (www.OpenLDAP.org).
Also at BrainShare® 2003, Novell announced plans to make its popular network services including file, print, directory, storage, messaging, collaboration, resource management and others available on both the Linux* and NetWare® kernels. This is the latest in a series of steps Novell has taken over the past several years to make its products available on multiple platforms, a move that was well received by customers, partners and industry analysts.
"Novell's plans to add Linux as a supported platform for its network services is great news for us," said Bill Kannberg, chief technology officer at Hillsborough County. "We're already using both Linux and NetWare in our environment and this strategy will enable us to run business-critical services across mixed clusters. This provides a level of flexibility and choice that we already appreciate in other Novell products, and recognizes our long-held perception that the value received is provided by the services than run on top of the kernel, in addition to the kernel itself."
In addition to growing momentum for its cross-platform and open source initiatives, Novell also contributes to the development of a number of key Java* and Web services specifications. Novell is actively involved with the Java Community Process (JCP) to develop the Java Specification Requests (JSRs) that define the J2EE* platform and participates in dozens of JSRs - notably JSR 168 for the development of interoperable portlets. Extending its leadership in identity management, Novell is on the management board of The Liberty Alliance Project and contributes to the development of the Liberty Alliance specifications in several key technical roles. Within the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), Novell drives several key emerging standards initiatives including BPEL for Web services orchestration, UDDI for Web services registries, WSDM for Web services management, WS-Security for Web services security, and WSRP for remote portlet Web services. Novell is also an active member of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where Novell is leading the development of the emerging XForms standard.
Novell is also committed to extending the reach of Java and Web services in the enterprise and will be bundling its recently acquired J2EE-compatible application server with NetWare 6.5, scheduled to ship later this year. By tightly integrating the Novell exteNd™ Application Server, the significant Novell NetWare base will receive an enterprise-class application server with their NetWare upgrade and will be able to develop and deploy J2EE applications on the NetWare platform.
Novell's open source and open standards activities are a key part of its one Net vision of a world without information boundaries and Novell's commitment to providing open, cross-platform solutions spans a variety of markets and vertical industries. For more information on Novell's open standards involvement, please visit: http://www.novell.com/company/affiliations/.
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at http://www.novell.com.
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