As expected, Novell will bundle a Web server in the next release of NetWare, which has entered beta testing and will ship this US autumn. But Novell has put off NetWare Distributed Print Services (NDPS), offering bidirectional communications between NetWare and printers, until the first half of 1997. It had been slated for this autumn's NetWare release, designated as Version 4.11, also called the Green River release.
Novell's decision to bundle the NetWare Web Server 2.5 follows Microsoft's bundling of its own Internet Information Server with Windows NT. Although Novell hopes its large installed LAN presence will give it a leg up in the Web market, many users have doubted the viability of NetWare as a Web server platform.
One NetWare user says that his company would not deploy Web services on NetWare because NT and Unix are better suited for this. "It's just that I don't think NetWare is a suitable platform to run Web applications on," says Fergus Hammond, systems administrator for the engineering group at ISV Adobe Systems, in Seattle.
Novell, however, maintains that users will want to deploy Web services in existing NetWare networks.
The delay in NDPS is due to development taking longer than expected, says William Donahoo, senior director of product marketing for Novell, in Orem, Utah.
NetWare Version 4.11 features integrated TCP/IP support and licensing services.