NetWare 5.1 set for early 2000 release, with Web and security protocols included

NetWare 5.1 set for early 2000 release, with Web and security protocols included

By Michael Cheek
GCN Staff

Novell Inc. will release NetWare 5.1 early in 2000, perhaps before Microsoft Corp. gets Windows 2000 out the door.

The new Novell network operating system might incorporate Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1 encryption. Its core communications protocol will change from the proprietary IPX to Hypertext Transfer Protocol, making any NetWare server by default a Web server, said Brian Faustyn, Novell's director for competitive strategy.

NetWare 5.1 will have better remote management via the Web and will apply Secure Sockets Layer encryption to Novell Directory Services authentication.

New Internet services will include a news server and a media server, Faustyn said.

NetWare already has X.509 and public-key infrastructure certificates, which sit on top of NDS, said Paul Corriveau, NDS product marketing manager. Novell continues to study incorporating FIPS 140-1 and other security protocols, he said, because NDS and NetWare are used extensively at the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. A rival network OS, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6, recently received FIPS 140-1 certification.

Getting personal

Novell also has added eDirectory to NDS for secure, personalized transactions running across multiple platforms. Corriveau said eDirectory resembles an electronic commerce program but also incorporates X.509 and PKI for transactions that do not involve money. Sitting on top of a Structured Query Language database or one supplied by NetWare, eDirectory gives granular control over who sees what in the database.

'Government is all about building and securing relationships,' Corriveau said.

The eDirectory software runs under NetWare, Windows NT and SunSoft Solaris. Novell plans to release versions for Windows 2000 and Linux next year.

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