Unveiling its long awaited intranet strategy, Novell has announced its IntranetWare server operating software that integrates World Wide Web server, browser and authoring software and a TCP/IP-to-IPX/SPX gateway with the next generation of NetWare, code-named Green River.
IntranetWare, which also will include multiprotocol routing and user- and group-level security linked with Novell Directory Services (NDS), will ship in early October, around the time Green River is expected to ship, executives have announced. Green River, slated to be NetWare 4.11, is currently available in beta form.
Also shipping with IntranetWare will be NetBasic, a Visual Basic-compatible scripting interpreter, that will allow users with any Web browser to access and execute Basic scripts running on NetWare across the Internet, as well as create HTML pages, remotely access IntranetWare services and databases.
Pricing and specific availability of IntranetWare will be announced at the product's launch scheduled for NetWorld+Interop in Atlanta in September. Other products Novell is positioning as "Intranet Ready" are: ManageWise 2.1, for network management; GroupWise 5, for email and document management and collaboration; global directory service; NetWare Web Server and InnerWeb Publisher; LAN WorkPlace and LAN WorkPlace Pro, a suite of TCP/IP applications.
GroupWise 5 will be launched on September 12 at a press event in New York. Meanwhile, Novell will demonstrate at Networld+Interop network administration software code-named "Tabasco" that will allow administrators to manage Windows NT and NetWare systems through one interface.
Novell plans to make its distributed network services available across all major intranet platforms. Earlier this week it demonstrated a pilot version of its NDS running on Microsoft Windows NT. IntranetWare will also include Netscape Navigator, although any "major" browser can be used.
A software development kit will enable developers to create Java applications using NDS and other Novell software. A complete Java execution environment for IntranetWare will be released in early 1997. Meanwhile, a commerce server incorporating Open Market Technology will be also be available early next year.