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Novell Unfolds Roadmap For Next OES, Linux

The next version of Novell's Open Enterprise Server (OES) will further the convergence of NetWare and Linux significantly, the company said.

Novell managers aired details about the next-generation OES, due to ship within two years, and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10, due to ship in the first quarter of 2006 at BrainShare last week in Salt Lake City.

>> Novell's next OES, code-named Cypress, will
offer enhanced Linux clustering and storage.

The Novell Linux Desktop 10, code-named Cassidy, is also due in 2006 and will feature tight integration with OES and SLES 10, and a new open-source search engine, code-named Beagle, Novell executives also said.

Cypress is due to ship in 12 to 24 months, said Rick Fowler, OES product line manager at Novell. The first version of OES, code-named Sawtooth, shipped earlier this month.

Dennis Challe, CEO of Infinity Technology, a Novell Platinum Partner in Green Bay, Wis., said the convergence of NetWare and OES is an excellent migration path for NetWare VARs. "It's a logical progression," he said.

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