Feeds

Novell Walks the Path to Re-Invention

exteNd 4.0

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Novell Inc is today expected to take a practical step towards becoming a web services and application development vendor, announcing the first release of its re-brand exteNd suite.

Provo, Utah-based Novell is due to announce exteNd 4.0 at GartnerGroup's Symposium/ITXpo in Orlando, Florida. Version 4.0 is the first implementation of the former SilverStream Software Inc product to launch since the completion of Novell's $212m SilverStream acquisition.

The company is also expected to unveil a product roadmap spanning the first half of 2003. This roadmap will see exteNd combined with Novell's directory and identity servers for secure single sign-in to applications and web services.

Novell this year became the latest in a list of companies to jump on the web services bandwagon with its SilverStream acquisition in July. Novell's chairman, president and chief executive Jack Messman said the SilverStream tools would help customers build a services oriented architecture.

The SilverStream deal and web services focus, though, is just the latest attempt by Novell executives to re-invent the company from a boxed software and operating systems company. The company's first attempt in 2000 centered around a vision for a software services infrastructure that straddled intranets, the internet and extranets and which Novell called One Net.

Novell said One Net was an endorsement of XML and Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), which would be wrapped into all products - moving away from programming in C. However, One Net failed to ignite the industry's imagination or revive Novell's fortunes.

In March this year, before the SilverStream deal was announced, Novell said it would infuse products with support for Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), Web Services Description Language (WSDL) and Web Services Development Kit (WSDK).

exteNd 4.0 is Novell's latest step on the path towards reinvention, and sees the company embrace some of the industry's leading players and products. Version 4.0 supports Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3, offers out-of-the-box portal functionality, is compatible with IBM's WebSphere and San Jose, California-based BEA Systems Inc's WebLogic application servers, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corp's Visual Studio.NET and WebSphere Studio for Application Development.

Novell's roadmap will build on backing for emerging standards for applications and web services. exteNd 5.0 will support emerging portal standard such as Java Specification Request (JSR) 168, Web Services for Remote Portal (WSRP) and Web Services for Interactive Application (WSIA). An additional landmark in the roadmap will see Novell port SilverStream's application server to NetWare by the first quarter of 2003.

© ComputerWire

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity
What really shortens lives? Reading this sort of crap in the papers
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
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?