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Network Computing: Caldera Edges Linux Closer To Enterprise With Volution

Dec 05, 2000, 20:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Doherty)

"Administrators reluctant to roll out Linux in the enterprise because of manageability worries will have to find another excuse once word gets out that Caldera Volution offers secure remote management of heterogeneous Linux systems. Caldera Systems Caldera Volution, an object-oriented management tool that leverages an LDAP-compliant directory, extends directory schemata to include Volution objects and builds relationships between those objects by creating or changing links among them. This process affects the status and configuration of the systems the objects represent."

"Volution, formerly code-named Cosmos, uses directory-enabled client-server technology to manage Linux servers and workstations via profiles and policies similar to those in Microsoft's Active Directory and Novell's ZENworks. Like ZENworks, Volution can gather hardware and software inventories and distribute software on remote computers. Volution can also monitor system health and export common printer configurations to printcap files on remote systems. Volution promises to reduce total cost of Linux ownership via its LDAP-compliant directory store; the Distributed Event Notification System, or DENS; and OpenSLP (Open Service Location Protocol), which can advertise services to clients."

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