Feeds

NetWare 6 Beta rolls out

Portals and Gadgets in abundance

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The much-anticipated release of NetWare 6.0 is almost upon us. On Wednesday, the firm started rolling out a number of beta programmes - but they came with a twist.

In earlier briefings with the firm they'd kept pretty tight-lipped about certain developments and certain holes that we had noted in the solution. Most notable among these was the lack of an interface.

There's little point having a NetWare environment sitting beneath the Internet cloud if there's nowhere for the users to connect to. However, Novell has figured this out: it solves the problem by jumping feet first into the Portal landscape with a couple of options which round out the product quite nicely.

The portals themselves are nothing revolutionary - when you look at the portal landscape as a whole - but for NetWare they are a much needed and admirable addition.

The portal solution is NetWare Web Access, and it provides the much needed interface onto the business. It enables users to turn the Internet into the connectivity layer and the interface into a set of business applications and services - it even, potentially, relieves the management burden.

Ultimately of course it's standard portal stuff - you log in, it picks up your profile from the Novell eDirectory, and supplies you with a site of features and services defined by your profile.

But NetWare Web Access the end-user portal can include anything from intranet profiles, to company services like printing, file server, your specialist apps, address books whatever - and you can hang other business applications, like Office, off it by using a handy little option called a 'Gadget'.

Further to that, if you want to add an application for changing passwords or something like that you can simply write your own 'gadgets'. It's all very customisable.

The problem with this of course is that you don't want to be sat in an airport using your NetWare Web Access product while printing off documents in your office - you want it coming out on a printer in the airport.

If it's available however - and the airport is on an available NetWare network - you can print it out there and then. You can build up lists of printers and services across the globe and, if you haven't got the driver, it will find it and send it to you.

NetWare Web Access can also handle Microsoft Exchange and other POP3 e-mail as well as its own GroupWise product, which has barely made in a dent in the enterprise, making it much more accessible and sensible.

The really clever bit about the Gadgets however is not that they exist, but that Gadgets are pretty clever interfaces. They will identify the device that you are using and that means the users get a page that is tailored for the device type - whether its WAP, Notebook or PocketPC. And it means you won't get a desktop full of the usual rubbish that you find - it just provides what you need, for the right device, wherever you are.

For the administrators, however, there is even more because into the portal you can bring all of the management tools that you could possibly need for remote adminstration. It's really just another example of how the NetWare Web Access product can be used to implement business functionality.

It's not rocket science of course. There are plenty of portals out there that can and will do these things. But for NetWare 6 it very much closes the loop on the NetWare architecture by putting an interface in the front of the whole thing that is available from anywhere outside, or inside, of the Internet cloud.

© IT-Analysis.com. All Rights Reserved.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Google opens Inbox – email for those too stupid to use email
Print this article out and give it to someone techy if you get stuck
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.