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Linux Gazette: Linux Management goes Big Time: Volution Interview with Craig Burton

Feb 03, 2001, 11:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As I began to look into Volution, I suspected it might be the first enterprise product with the potential to elevate Linux into position as serious — i.e. marketable — enterprise infrastructure. Volution competes directly with the offerings of all the established vendors. An there's nothing exclusive about it, at least where other Linux distributions are concerned. It works with all of them. Caldera also plans to make it work with SCO's UnixWare (decended from the original AT&T UNIX), which Caldera purchased last year."

"This scope is due partly to Volution's use of SLP (Service Location Protocol ) a standard Internet (RFC2165) protocol that allows discovery, location and configuration of network services such as mail, print and Web hosting. Caldera has developed a version of SLP, called OpenSLP, that it has contributed to the open source community (www.openslp.org). With OpenSLP, services make their presence known to Volution's management agent without needing to go through any kind of setup, cofiguration or other modification."

"To make more sense of what Caldera is doing with Volution, I called on Craig Burton, who is perhaps the world's leading authority on network services (a topic he did much to define both at Novell in the Eighties and The Burton Group in the Nineties). In late January I called on Craig to help make sense of what Caldera is doing with Volution. Normally a curmudgeon about vendor's new products and claims, he makes an exception in the case of Volution. I asked him why."

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