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Novell thanks Centrelink for research collaboration

  • 23 June, 2004 12:35

<p>Novell’s President Asia Pacific, Rhonda O’Donnell presented Centrelink with a plaque of appreciation today for its involvement in an 18-month research project that resulted in the development of the cross platform installation and deployment services for NetWare 6.5.</p>
<p>The installation and deployment services are an essential set-up component of Novell’s networking flagship, NetWare 6.5, and are also an integral component in Novell’s Nterprise Linux Services suite.</p>
<p>The plaque was accepted by Centrelink’s General Manager of I&amp;T Operations Dr Louise Tucker who said the government agency had been approached to collaborate on the research because it has been dedicated user of Novell products for over 10 years and could provide valuable user feedback.</p>
<p>“In 2000, we began a major deployment of NetWare 5.1, our experience of installing and configuring the system placed us in an excellent position to provide insight into the processes involved. Novell were interested in hearing about how they could enhance the process from a real life user perspective. This has been a true win-win situation, by being involved in the development process Centrelink has not only received a system that is almost custom-built for the organisation but it has also enabled our IT team to share their expertise with Novell and vice versa,” said Dr Tucker.</p>
<p>On thanking Dr Tucker and the Centrelink team, Ms O’Donnell said that she was delighted with the results of the research project and hoped that it set a precedent for future collaborations.</p>
<p>“One of the key enabling technologies in NetWare 6.5 is a direct result of Centrelink’s contribution in the project. Not only will this ensure that NetWare 6.5 is positioned to better meet Centrelink’s future requirements, it also significantly improved NetWare for the broader Novell customer base of some 90 million users and 4 million servers,” said Ms O’Donnell.</p>
<p>Novell’s engineering department conducted onsite research and interviews with Centrelink IT staff to gain a better understanding of their requirements around licensing, installation/ configuration and device management. In particular the Novell team analysed the government department’s deployment of NetWare 5.1 in 2000-2001.</p>
<p>During the research period, Centrelink was instrumental in providing feedback on three projects investigating licencing management, installation and deployment, and device management.</p>
<p>About Novell
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is the leading provider of Net business solutions designed to secure and power the networked world. Novell help organisations solve complex business challenges, simplify their systems and processes, and capture new opportunities with one Net solutions. Novell provides worldwide channel, consulting, education and developer programs to support its products.</p>
<p>ENDS</p>
<p>For further information: Rebecca Cook Tel: (03) 9866 4722 Email: rcook@bcg.com.au</p>

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