NetWare 5.1 includes Web and security protocols

NetWare 5.1 includes Web and security protocols

By Michael Cheek

GCN Staff

Novell Inc. released NetWare 5.1 last month.

The new Novell network operating system incorporates a Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1 encryption module. Its core communications protocol changed 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.

Remotely better

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

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

NetWare already had 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.

Novell also has added eDirectory to NDS for secure, personalized transactions running across multiple platforms.

Corriveau said eDirectory resembles an electronic commerce program.

But it also incorporates X.509 and PKI for transactions that do not involve money, he said.

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 this year.

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