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CRN: An Interview With Stewart Nelson -- Novell

Mar 11, 2000, 18:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

"On the eve of Brainshare 2000, Stewart Nelson, chief operating officer of Novell Inc., talked with Barbara Darrow, CRN Editor of Investigative Reports, about strategy, Active Directory and Linux."

"CRN: What has the response been to Novell's strategy of making Novell Directory Services (NDS)-related services the focal point of the company?
Stewart Nelson: We laid out at Brainshare last year this idea of having the directory glue the network together and the fact that we were not going to be a one-platform directory company but a multiplatform directory company. We delivered on that promise,we released NDS, eDirectory on Unix [Solaris] with Linux to follow in about a month; obviously NetWare 4 and 5; and on [Microsoft Corp.'s Windows] NT. On the day Windows 2000 shipped, we announced that eDirectory would also be running on Windows 2000. ..."

"CRN: What about Linux? How real is it? How much will you support it?
Nelson: We haven't said much other than announcing NDS for it. I think it's real. Any time you take a company like Red Hat, which goes public and [its stock price] goes up [dramatically] in its first day, . . . you take it seriously because there's a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. It reminds me of when Netscape went public. [Linux] poses a huge threat on some fronts to NT. . . . I don't think it does to Novell because we're more inclusive."

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