Novell has promised to launch more products this year than it did in 1998 as it outlined Cobra, the next iteration of its Netware 5 operating system.
Cobra, which is due to go into beta next quarter, is billed as the internet enhancement pack for Netware and will include such technologies as a five-user licence to the Oracle 8i database, Oracle WebDB package for Web enabling SQL databases, IBM's Websphere application server, and Netscape's Enterprise Server. It will also enable users to manage their servers from a browser.
Novell also plans to start shipping a host integration system in June to allow users to access IBM server information via a browser. Art Olbert, vice president of business development at IBM, said the product, which was jointly developed by Novell and IBM, will help 'rejuvenate host based systems'.
It includes Novell Netware for SAA 4 to link Netware and intranet applications to IBM mainframes and AS/400s, Host Publisher V1.1, and IBM Personal Communications 4.3, which is a host communications and terminal emulation package.
According to market research firm IDC, the Web-to-host connectivity market will be worth $2 billion by 2002. Such packages enable users to access data and applications stored on mainframes and midrange systems via intranets, extranets and the internet.
Novell also announced that Lucent's Definity directory will now support its Novell Directory Services (NDS), which will help users to coordinate policies and user information held in the two different directories.
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