PROVO, Ut Nov. 8, 2000 In the first quarter of 2001, Novell will deliver Novell Native File Services for Macintosh, native access to storage on NetWare 5.x from Macintosh workstations. It will also be included in NetWare 6 when it ships in the first half of 2001. Novell Native File Services for Macintosh will enter closed beta Nov. 2000.
Native IP access to NetWare storage simplifies overall network management by reducing the number of network protocols and eliminating the NetWare client from Macintosh workstations. Macintosh clients, right out of the box, can securely access storage on NetWare 5.x and 6 using Apple’s native authentication protocols, Novell Modular Authentication Service (NMAS), and the power of NDS eDirectory. In addition, organizations can accelerate their business by moving to NetWare 5.1 and IP-based protocols for Macintosh-to-NetWare connectivity. Novell Native File Services for Macintosh requires no client software, ensures secure authentication through Apple’s native authentication protocols and an NMAS proxy to NDS eDirectory, and allows user objects for Macintosh users to be managed in NDS.
Novell Native File Services for Macintosh will be available for NetWare 5.x via Web download, while the NetWare 6 version will be included with that product at shipping. Pricing will be announced at a later date.