PROVO, Utah - Demonstrating its continued commitment to the growing small
business market, Novell, Inc. announced the Novell Small Business Suite
5.1. This suite delivers the reliability and scalability of Novell NetWare
5.1, the security and dependability of Novell NDS eDirectory services,
and the manageability of Novell GroupWise 5.5-enabling small businesses
to take advantage of the same tools that help many Fortune 500 companies
manage and grow their businesses. Additionally, Novell Small Business
Suite 5.1 contains key partner products including IBM WebSphere*, Network
Associates VirusScan* and NetShield*, Oracle8i*, Tobit FaxWare*, and others.
Let's see if we have this straight - we can run IBM's Small Business Pack
for Linux for 100 users, $499, which includes DB2 and Domino.
we can buy Microsoft's Small Business Server 4.5 for 100 or so users -
including Exchange 5.5 and SQL 7.0 -- for $5,840.
we can buy this Novell bundle, which includes Oracle 8i and GroupWise
(still going!), for $7,945. Why, that's the funniest thing we've heard
since rumors that Oracle hired private eyes to "discover" that Microsoft
wanted to influence user opinion in their antitrust case.
may be broke, but at least we'll have NDS? This isn't back to the future
for Novell. Early versions of NetWare succeeded in the market because
they were simple, effective, and, most importantly, cheap. Smaller offices
didn't need budget approval or central IT to approve. NDS is great technology,
but it's far from essential in small businesses.
still has great features, but its eroding market share does nothing to
win the hearts and minds of developers. This won't help.
a general comment, we have never understood why any small business central
server includes a database server. Most small shops use "do it yourself"
IT, and few have the need or ability to use DB@, Oracle, or SQL7.
We can understand why existing NetWare shops, particularly large ones,
stay with Novell. But a small, brand new installation should conduct thorough
research and negotiate aggressively prior to buying and implementing NetWare.