"Novell was due for a shake-up and now it has had one. It was
only a matter of time before the company moved its focus once and
for all, away from its operating system heritage and into a
"There are a couple of points in Novell's favour. The first is
that the product is tried and tested. Most pundits are recommending
that W2K is allowed to bed in for a while before it is adopted more
generally – this may throw Novell the slack it needs. The
second point is that the company, having dropped its baggage,
is free to work with whatever leads to its success. The company's
recent Linux announcements for its directory services are an
indication of this – it is unlikely that Microsoft's Active
Directory will run on anything other than a single operating
"Novell still stand a chance of success. There is no question
about the importance that directory services will start to play as
the Internet evolves to become a virtual services infrastructure.
Given the fact that Novell have lost its lead, whether it is NDS
that is chosen may well prove to be mainly a question of slick
marketing. Whatever it does, Novell had better do it fast."
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