Novell Readies "Cypress"

McMillan, Robert
April 2005
InfoWorld;4/25/2005, Vol. 27 Issue 17, p20
Trade Publication
This article reports on the plan by Novell for a major update to its merged Linux and NetWare operating system, called OES (Open Enterprise Server), scheduled to be released by the first half of 2007. The new version of OES, code-named Cypress, will merge a future version of NetWare with Version 10 of the Suse Unax Enterprise Server of the company, which is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2006. Cypress is particularly important to Novell as the company looks to move to a Linux-based product line as a means of remaining viable in the market. Cypress will include new desktop integration, Linux clustering, storage software and tools to help Windows and NetWare users migrate to the product. Although OES 1.0 was designed to smooth the Linux transition for Netware users by providing them with familiar tools and services on a Linux kernel. Cypress will be focused on attracting Windows users, said Hugo Parra, product management lead at the Platform Services Group of Novell. To that end it will include migration tools designed to help users move from Windows Web electronic mail servers and management software to allow administrators to manage the Samba file-and-print software from the iManager console of Novell. Cypress will also include better monitoring and management tools, improved integration between the Linux desktop and Cypress identity and management services and Linux support for the Novell Storage Services file system.


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