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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part II: CeBIT, BrainShare and Virtualisation

Posted in Novell, Videos, Virtualisation at 2:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell-SUSE event

One expo has ended and another smaller one is bound to begin on Monday. Let’s start with CeBIT.

CeBIT 2008

All we have from CeBIT, at least as far as Novell is concerned, are this couple of not-so-exciting videos. It’s the Free Hugs gig.

Here is the first one

And the second video also.

BrainShare 2008

Novell’s BrainShare will start soon. Dragoon speaks about it already.

Over five thousand people from 58 countries will arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah next Sunday, March 16th for the annual Novell tradition known as Brainshare. Brainshare, Novell’s annual user conference, has been going on for over 20 years and for many in the IT industry it’s their annual pilgrimage for learning new things, reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and keeping up with the pace, change and opportunities in our industry.

Here is one attendant that makes an announcement about presence one week in advance.

ActivIdentity Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTI – News), a global leader in digital identity assurance, will be exhibiting its Smart Employee ID, the all in one smart identity card for building, workstation, and network access, at the Novell BrainShare 2008 Conference. In addition, the company will be exhibiting ActivIdentity strong authentication solutions combined with Novell SecureLogin SSO at the conference. Novell BrainShare 2008 is designed to help IT experts with tools and knowledge to manage, simplify, secure and integrate heterogeneous IT environments at a reduced investment cost.

Here is another one.

Stoneware, Inc. will be demonstrating webOS and File Monitor on Novell’s SuSE Enterprise Linux platform at Novell’s international technical conference, Brainshare, the week of March 17th in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Virtualisation

In this article about Microsoft’s battle against VMWare (and GNU/Linux), the dirty tricks previously used against Novell are cited.

Microsoft has captured market share in the past by integrating applications with its operating systems and other products, Reeves points out. He cites what happened with Novell’s (NASDAQ:NOVL) NetWare network operating system.

“The way (Microsoft) took over market share from Novell is they tied Exchange, SQL Server, (Web server) IIS and Active Directory to their operating system,” he said. “How long will it be before Microsoft begins to tie those applications to Hyper-V?”

The more complete article is here, but it’s likely to expire. We still have a mechanism for making local copies of all articles that are cited by BoycottNovell, so it’s not a big issue.

Here is a new chat with Novell about Virtualization.

Novell’s Richard Whitehead and I sat down to a lively discussion on the trials and tribulations of VM management. Whitehead was good enough to remind me of Novell’s open source chops on SUSE and Xen…

I’m the first to admit that Novell doesn’t come immediately to mind when thinking of the virtualization market. Then again, they’ve whole-heartedly embraced open source, released a supported SUSE-based Xen offering 18-months ago, and are pretty darn good at integrating Netware, Microsoft and Linux solutions.

The next post will deliver the rest of the news from the past week.

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