Review: Novell NetWare 6, part 2 - Page 2

 By Drew Bird
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Overall, NetWare 6 is an impressive product. It provides all the functionality that an organization would want from a network server, as well as providing some very interesting additional features. In particular, the Internet ready add-ons, iFolder and iPrint, and Web Access will attract those organizations who have a highly mobile workforce and who are ready to make the leap toward a less conventional network environment.

That said, I also have some reservations. The features it has added certainly seem to be geared to larger organizations or those that have a highly mobile workforce rather than smaller businesses. Is Novell now conceding this market space to Microsoft? Size of the installation aside, the new features will be useful to some companies but equally not to others. In a few years time I can see NetWare 6 and its 'connected' features being in big demand, but right now, in a business environment where every cent is being watched, I just can't think that too many people will be rushing for the added functionality. I hope I am proved wrong.

For more information on NetWare 6, visit Novell's NetWare 6 product page.

Drew Bird (MCT, MCNI) is a freelance instructor and technical writer. He has been working in the IT industry for over 12 years and currently lives in Kelowna, BC., Canada.

This article was originally published on Dec 7, 2001
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