GroupWise Wireless 1.1 - Page 2
As far as costs go, there is some good and some not-so-good news. The good news is that GroupWise Wireless is free. The not-so-good news is that, in order to use it, you must have the GroupWise Enhancement Pack deployed. The Enhancement Pack costs $20 per user, although it may be less expensive under certain Novell volume license agreements. If you find some of the new functions provided by the Enhancement Pack valuable--such as the browser-based system monitoring or the paging facilities--then it might be worth the extra investment. Otherwise, it can be quite an expensive purchase if your GroupWise system has a large number of users.
With the next version of GroupWise looming large, those with a hankering for a more integrated solution should wait and see what wireless functionalities the new release provides. It's reasonable to expect that the new version of the WebAccess gateway will provide wireless functionality without the need for additional software. Unfortunately, those eager to get a look at the newest release of GroupWise will have to wait a little longer--Novell has bumped the expected release date from the end of 2000 to the first quarter of 2001.
With a reasonable range of supported devices, GroupWise Wireless is sure to be attractive to organizations that already have a GroupWise infrastructure, if only as a testing platform for future wireless projects. //
Drew Bird (MCT, MCNI) is a freelance instructor and technical writer. He has been working in the IT industry for 12 years and currently lives in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. You can e-mail Drew at email@example.com.