The Novell Data Synchronizer product has now entered public beta! Support for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and other ActiveSync enabled devices is now in the final stages of engineering.
We have had over 1600 customers download the Mobility Technical Preview since we made it available in March. With the help of these customers, our authorized beta sites and internal roll out efforts, we our now transitioning the product from Alpha/Preview stage to the very important Public Beta stage.
This will be your final chance to provide input and feedback on the functionality, quality and reliability of this technology before our planned final release.
The Novell Data Synchronizer for Mobility Connector supports all ActiveSync enabled devices. It will require GroupWise 8.0.2 be deployed in order for full functionality. GroupWise 8.0.2 was released as well today – July 14th. See the related blog post.
There are several resources to help you with deployment and expectations.
- Data Synchronizer documentation – Check out all of the in/outs of the products, technical specifications, configuration options and deployment best practices.
- Device Wiki – this web page will help you understand the device specific configurations, limitations and features sets. Please consult this page for all of your device specific needs, support and feedback.
- Public Beta forums – The Support forums are now active and available for you to participate with the GroupWise community.
As per other blog posts and our messaging to our customers, our current release schedule remains the following:
…. we’d like to announce that we are planning a product launch in the fall, with a public beta beginning in July….
We also previously made this announcement:
I wanted to provide another update on our plans and timetable for Novell Data Synchronizer. The timing of the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack is just as we communicated it in our previous update: September. But we’ll be releasing the engine, the GroupWise connector and the initial set of third-party connectors in July. As I’ve stated many times previously, the development schedule and process for these components have been completely independent of those for the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack. And the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack release schedule has in no way been adversely affected by releasing these other components earlier than expected. Details on our plans are provided below. As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments.
We have decided to ship Novell Data Synchronizer in two phases. First, we will release the Novell Data Synchronizer engine, the GroupWise connector and connectors for SharePoint, SugarCRM and salesforce.com. These components will be available in late July. Please note that these connectors are being developed by a separate team and have IN NO WAY delayed the release of the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack.
As we communicated earlier, the Novell Data Synchronizer Mobility Pack will ship in the September timeframe, with a public beta available in July.
As a reminder, Novell Data Synchronizer is not supported on GroupWise 7, and GroupWise 8.0.2 will be required to enable its full functionality. Customers current on GroupWise, Novell Open Workgroup Suite or Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition maintenance will be entitled to GroupWise 8.0.2, as well as the Novell Data Synchronizer engine and the GroupWise connector. Customers current on Novell Teaming maintenance will be entitled to the Novell Data Synchronizer engine and the GroupWise connector. Connectors for third-party applications must be purchased.
Remember that the initial release of Novell Data Synchronizer will only run on the 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 platform. While the SLES entitlement provided with GroupWise cannot be used to meet this requirement, the shipping version of Novell Data Synchronizer will include its own SLES entitlement. More details will be available in the product’s end-user license agreement.
Please download and deploy GroupWise 8.0.2. We also encourage you to download and check out the Public Beta of our Mobility Connector.