“If you’re looking for enterprise-class services to easily
manage diverse, distributed environments with integrated disaster
recover and identity management, you’ll be taxed to build that as
SLES Linux only,” Germanides said. “With Open Enterprise Server,
the value is the continuation of those enterprise class services
that still run networks, and they are added capabilities to what
exists in a straight Linux stack.”
While OES provides a lifeline for NetWare users, NetWare itself
is not getting any direct additional investment at this point.
Germanides said Novell has extended the support lifecycle for
NetWare through September 2013.