Novell Offers Channel Linux BundleBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Posted 2007-10-17 Email Print
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Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition, a Linux-based desktop-to-server solution, is now being offered to channel partners.Novell is offering the first Linux-based desktop-to-server package to SMBs with its Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business bundled package.
Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition, a SUSE Linux-based desktop-to-server solution tailored to meet the needs of small businesses, combines the flexibility and cost efficiency of open-source software with the support of Novell and its partners.
The suite provides small businesses with productivity tools and a networking infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of alternative, proprietary-only software bundles such as Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2. The suite includes not just the server software, but five copies of SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10 SP 1.
Solution providers can also customize the installation process and deploy the suite in less than an hour using a single DVD, plus remote management capabilities and a help desk tool so that VARs can manage and support their small-business customers' IT infrastructures over the Web.
To further help customers reduce cost and improve security, Novell's suite also includes Novell-supported open-source components, including Amanda for backup and archiving, the ClamAV anti-virus toolkit, HylaFAX fax server, iptables for firewall services, MailScanner for spam filtering, the OpenVPN virtual private network and TightVNC for remote control of network clients. In addition, the suite is supported by popular business software applications certified to work with SUSE Linux Enterprise.
"With the Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition, customers can afford the IT infrastructure they need to compete while keeping costs under control," said Kent Erickson, senior vice president and general manager of Workgroup Solutions for Novell, in a statement. "As small business customers spend less on software through this suite, they can afford additional services and applications to meet other business needs and better serve their own customers."
Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition is available now from Novell resellers for a suggested price of $350 for every five users, up to a total of 200 users and five servers. The price includes 30 days of installation support and maintenance; customers receive unlimited access to Web and chat-based support. For more information, on the Workgroup suite visit the product site.