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CRN: An Interview With Stewart Nelson -- Novell

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

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"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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