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Open Enterprise Server 11 — the start of good things to come


December 13, 2011 10:16 am





Open Enterprise Server (OES) took a major step forward today with the release of OES 11. OES2 skipped some version numbers to “11” to coincide with the platform it runs on, which is Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 ( SP1). The real geeks out there will also remind me what 11 stands for in binary.

Some of the benefits you will see with OES11 are benefits from SLES11 itself, as well as new innovations with OES coming now and in the future. Novell is taking some aggressive steps forward to provide additional value to our customer base.

Current Benefits with OES11:
– Patch up to 100 times faster
– Power Savings – Tickless idle shuts down processors not in use
– Latest Hardware and Software Certification Support
– MAC 10.7 DHX2 support
– Novell Remote Manager – email reports, clear file locks
– Novell Linux Volume Manager – support for >2TB partitions, pool moves, posix partition creation in NSSMU, seamless integration of Posix and NSS partitions on the same disk and more

One of my goals is to provide our customers additional value for the OES product line. Moving forward Novell is planning both an OES11Sp1 as well as “Feature Updates”. Feature Updates, will give customers new features more frequently and in a more easily consumed manner, by delivering them into an optional “Feature Channel”. Stay tuned for more information on Domain Services for Windows and Mobile iPrint. These and other components will be delivered in the feature update channel in 2012.

In addition – Novell Filr is being developed for OES customers as well as for the broad market. Some are calling Filr, the “Dropbox for the enterprise”, but it does much more than just file backup and synchronization with security and compliance. It allows you to use the file systems and files you already have in your corporate data center, and doesn’t care if those files are on NetWare, OES, Windows or a Netapp appliance. It allows you to use some newer file sharing features, such as sharing file links ( with time expiration ) or putting notes on files as you share them with others. It also allows you to sync files to android, IOS and other mobile devices.

In a nutshell the future looks bright for OES. OES11 is here and more value is coming with OES11SP1, Feature Updates and Novell Filr.

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  1. By:MHGlenn

    ….For the late, decidedly unlamented ZMD.

    ….Unfortunately, I cannot think of anything nice to say about ZMD, so never mind….

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to hurry off to join the other members of the IT staff in singing a rousing rendition of “Ding-dong, the Witch is Dead!”

  2. By:FlyingGuy

    On installation I can pick NSS as the root and boot file system. I don’t really care about the rest since NSS is better then all of them hands down.

    • By:MHGlenn

      Um, I’m not too sure that you should setup the partition where / or /boot resides with NSS. You won’t be able to mount the system if things go really bad and you have to use a SLES boot disk to get back in.

      • By:FlyingGuy

        See that is the problem. If things really “go bad” and you can’t boot from the HD because of corruption or whatever else then you can boot with a linux CD which of course has the ability to mount and repair ext, reiser or btrfs etc. right?

        Well now if you put the tools for NSS on the linux CD can you not accomplish the same thing? I assert that It is just a matter of will. Does Novell have the will to tell the world, “Yes we embrace the Linux Kernel, but we also embrace one of the best file systems ever built, and that is one of the file systems we want to provide for our users. You are free to pick any of the other file system on install but you can also pick NSS.”

        So does Novell have the will?

  3. By:nlandas

    Great article, it’s clear to me that Novell has really been reinvigorated! This is the opposite of what the naysayers have been saying. Any chance that you can flush out just a little more of what Mobile iPrint is going to be. If it’s iPrint clients for Android, RIM and iOS then I think Novell has yet another hugely simply but important idea coming into play.

    Simplify printing from tablets and many schools will remain in Novell’s camp.