Novell Connects BrainShare and Sun's JavaOne in First of its Kind Multi-Conference
Novell Connecting Points Connects Over 20,000 Attendees at Novell BrainShare and
JavaOne, Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s 1998 Worldwide Developer Conference, while Showcasing
Novell's NetWare 5
PROVO, UTAH March 18, 1998 Novell, Inc. announced today that it will
create the first intranet to connect two industry-leading conferences simultaneously, enabling
20,000 attendees of Novell BrainShare® '98 in Salt Lake City and Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s
JavaOne in San Francisco to stay connected to each other and their offices. As it did for over
COMDEX attendees last fall, Novell Connecting Points will allow all registered attendees of
and JavaOne to send and retrieve E-mail, schedule appointments, register for show sessions and
the Internet from central locations on the show floor or by dial-up access from any location
Web browser during the shows from March 23–27. A new feature for Connecting Points at
will be the ability to access information from a laptop via a LAN card, as well as through a new
"smart" cellular phones running AT&T PocketNet service.
The massive network will showcase Novell's newest platform NetWare 5, currently in beta,
concert with its GroupWise® and BorderManager® products, creating a scalable and
mission critical networking solution. An estimated 100,000 messages per day will be processed,
total of 500,000 messages by the end of both events.
"We are very excited to give JavaOne attendees access to the Novell BrainShare conference
Novell Connecting Points," said George Paolini, director of corporate marketing at JavaSoft, a
unit of Sun. "Both audiences from BrainShare and JavaOne will have access to and be able
advantage of the latest Java news and session schedules from both shows."
Novell Connecting Points will offer a broad variety of new features for BrainShare and JavaOne
while enabling simultaneous access to the two shows, guaranteeing that valuable information is
missed. Novell Connecting Points will also allow users to virtually attend the BrainShare
Novell CEO Eric Schmidt and other industry leaders, which will offer breaking Novell product
development news. Feature highlights of the system include:
"Novell Connecting Points lets people see firsthand the power and performance of Novell
including our newest platform, NetWare 5, in some very demanding, mission-critical
John Slitz, Novell senior vice president of corporate marketing.
- Wireless access Users at BrainShare will be able to access their Novell Connecting Points
GroupWise accounts from a laptop via a LAN card, available for checkout in the BrainShare
- "Smart" Phone Access BrainShare attendees will have access to the system through
PocketNet service, a new kind of cellular phone equipped with a micro-browser that gives
access to GroupWise E-mail, calendars, address books and tasks. The service will be available at
AT&T booth in the technical lab area. The solution, currently in beta, is provided in conjunction
AT&T Wireless, Unwired Planet, and Syclo Corporation.
- Java Capabilities Novell Connecting Points will showcase its Java capabilities by
applications on servlets that will help monitor and track conference participants.
- Gigabit Ethernet Speed of the system will be increased with Gigabit Ethernet provided by
- Dynamic IP address allocation through BorderManager and DHCP 3.0 An IP address will
automatically be assigned to each user, eliminating duplicate IP addresses and enhancing the
performance for users.
Novell Connecting Points is a collaboration among Novell, Compaq and Bay Networks, a
ensuring security, reliability and performance. The network, which is managed and administered
central network room in the lobby of the Salt Palace, features award-winning products from
including GroupWise, an advanced collaboration system running on the latest version of
(version 5), which leverages the power of Novell Directory Services (NDS) for
and administration. Novell BorderManager family of products manages access to the Internet.
sophisticated combination of software is powered by Compaq workstations and servers, with Bay
Networks supplying reliable hubs and switches to ensure connection 24 hours a day and Gigabit
to increase the speed of the system.
"With Novell Connecting Points, Compaq and Novell are demonstrating the power, reliability
scalability of our industry-standard solutions developed for enterprise-class environments," said
Ward, vice president, server products division, Compaq Computer Corporation. "These systems
allowing more than 20,000 attendees at two shows to witness firsthand how the partnership
Novell and Compaq provides a foundation for networked businesses of all shapes and
Novell Connecting Points is located at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City for BrainShare attendees
Moscone Center in San Francisco for JavaOne participants. User accounts are available instantly
easily just by logging in. There are more than 250 workstations total at the two locations, in
dial-up access from any location via a Web browser. At BrainShare, 24-hour wireless access will
available via LAN cards, which can be checked out in the show registration area. BrainShare
will also have access to the system through "smart" cellular phones using the AT&T PocketNet
and will be eligible to win a free phone and a year of free data service. Novell Connecting Points
both shows may enter to win a Compaq PC Communicator, which will be awarded as a daily
Because of the success at the fall show, COMDEX organizers have invited Novell to continue
"The COMDEX Intranet: Novell Connecting Points" at the spring show, being held April 20–23
Chicago. More than 85,000 users are expected at COMDEX and it is estimated that the system
process a total of 2 million messages by the end of the event.
Novell Connecting Points will be featured at shows around the world in 1998. Some highlights
- April 1–3 NetWorld+Interop, Singapore
- May 4–8 NetWorld+Interop, Las Vegas
- May 10–14 BrainShare Europe, Nice, France
- June 16–18 PC Expo, New York City
- July 22–24 BrainShare Australia, Sydney
- October 6–8 BrainShare Africa, Johannesburg
- October 21–23 NetWorld+Interop, Atlanta
- October 28–30 NetWorld+Interop/COMDEX, London
- November 2–4 BrainShare China, Beijing
- November 5–7 NetWorld+Interop, Paris
- November 16–20 Fall COMDEX, Las Vegas
- November 25–28 NetWorld+Interop, Sydney
GroupWise 5.2 offers cross-platform, expanded E-mail solutions, including single-point access
document management, automated workflow capabilities, personal calendaring, group
voice mail, facsimiles, documents and other message types from the desktop and via the Internet
GroupWise WebAccess. BorderManager is the industry's first integrated family of
network services that manages, secures and accelerates user access to information at every
border. NetWare 5, the newest platform from Novell, delivers the best management and control
networks, from applications to the Internet, using open protocols and standards. NDS, the Novell
directory services offering, makes locating and using information and resources on a network
providing a single point of access and management.
Founded in 1983, Novell (NASDAQ: NOVL) is the world's leading provider of network
company offers a wide range of network solutions for distributed network, Internet, intranet and
business markets. Novell education and technical support programs are the most comprehensive
network computing industry. Information about Novell's complete range of products and services
accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com.
Novell, BrainShare, BorderManager and GroupWise are registered trademarks. NDS, NetWare
Novell Directory Services are trademarks of Novell, Inc. Java is a trademark of Sun
in the United States and other countries. All other registered trademarks and trademarks are the
of their respective holders.
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