Internet World: Novell rolls out intranet solution

Novell has introduced a corporate intranet publishing suite called Novell InnerWeb Publisher.

The product, announced at the Internet World trade show in San Jose, California this week, is intended to enable users of Novell NetWare servers to cost-effectively convert their networks to intranets, according to the company.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the release of Novell's new NetWare Web Server 2.5, the core of the InnerWeb Publisher suite, which offers Java support, Novell Directory Services (NDS) browsing capabilities and a choice of developer interfaces including a Local Common Gateway Interface (L-CGI) extension, a Remote-CGI extension and Visual Basic, C++ or Java tools.

The NetWare Web Server 2.5 works as a NetWare Loadable Module (NLM) and allows corporate users to implement their existing NetWare servers as intranet servers, eliminating many of the costs of new hardware and training, according to Vic Langford, senior vice-president and general manager of Novell's Internet/intranet services business unit.

Other components of the InnerWeb Publisher suite include Netscape Navigator 2.01, the HoTMetaL Light Web authoring tool, Iware Lite to enable Web access over IPX so that users needn't install TCP/IP on each desktop, and NetWare 4.1 Runtime allowing users to utilise the NetWare Web Server 2.5 on a dedicated runtime server in a NetWare 3.x or NetWare 4.x environment.

The InnerWeb Publisher will be available in June for US$2495.

Novell has also announced a new version of its LAN WorkPlace Pro for Windows 95 and NT, a TCP/IP application suite which allows users to share and retrieve data across an intranet or the Internet. The product will be available in July for US$249.

Novell, based in Orem, Utah, can be reached on the Web at http://www.novell.com.

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