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ComputerWorld: Q&A: Novell's Eric Schmidt

Mar 30, 2000, 22:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"At Brainshare in Salt Lake City this week, Novell Inc. Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt outlined his "one Net" vision, which involves eliminating the boundaries between intranets and the Internet as well as using NDS eDirectory to control e-commerce relationships with customers and partners. Novell outlined an architecture called Directory-Enabled Net Infrastructure Model (DENIM) for delivering this vision (see story). DENIM pieces together current and future offerings from Novell and partners into a platform for delivering Internet-based, modular and cross-platform services. Schmidt spoke with Computerworld's Dominique Deckmyn"

"Q: Linux has been emerging as a file and print server. Do you see that encroaching on NetWare at the low end?

A: We have not seen that so far. It might occur in the future. But the cost of the software is not the primary issue. The cost issues are always around complexity. So if you can, with one product, solve a whole bunch of problems in a scalable way, people prefer that to lots of Linux boxes that they don't know how to manage -- even if (Linux is) cheaper."

"Q: Many vendors, including Sun Microsystems, The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. and IBM, are endorsing Linux or the open-source movement in some way. Novell has announced a port of its directory, but isn't there more of an opportunity for Novell here?

A: There is not in fact a standard model for working with the Linux phenomenon. There's not a standard set of terms, there's not a standard contract and, in almost all cases, the models are unproven. So what we decided to do was take NDS and put it on top of Linux and then get the common management and interoperability that is Novell's strength to apply to Linux as well. So my view is: Let's get that out, see what customers say and then iterate from there."

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