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08.25.10

Novell Authorised Training Centre Goes Bust and Novell’s Neighbour LANDesk Acquired

Posted in Novell at 1:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Novell’s legacy continues to dissolve as companies that surround it simply vanish

OVER the past couple of years Novell has lost many partners. Novell’s Vice President Javier Colado admitted that Novell's channel was broken. Well, another one bites the dust this week.

Excom was an authorised training centre across vendors such as Novell, Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.

One of Novell’s few assets is trained professionals whose skill set includes Novell indoctrination. Here is another new article about training:

Ivy Tech students get certifications

[...]

Imbedded in the curriculum of CIS and CIT programs, students were able to earn competencies in 21 different computer certifications, ranging from A+ Essentials to Foundations of Novell Networking.

LANDesk, which we wrote about back in May, is probably just a name somewhere in the pages of history. Thoma Bravo has just bought it.

It remains to be seen if there is positive news over the horizon. MSPmentor seems reluctantly optimistic:

3. Novell and Service Provider Partners: A few weeks ago, a reader asked me why I’m spending time poking around Novell, which is best known for its SUSE Linux distribution. I suspect Novell’s service provider partner strategy will become much more clear within the next few days. Stay tuned.

One IDG pundit compares the smartphones competition to old battles involving Novell when it actually mattered.

Meanwhile, Novell was trying really hard to show everyone that Netware was the superior NOS to Windows NT, only to be crushed by the Microsoft juggernaut.

Here is another new historical perspective from a Windows site:

In August 1994, my colleague Tim Daniels and I were working as systems administrators for a small publishing company called Duke Communications International in Loveland, Colorado. We were discussing our frustration with Novell NetWare, which at the time had 70 percent of the file and print market share. Tim suggested we try Windows NT, a new Microsoft Server OS that had no market share.

Novell — just like its vicinity — may soon sleep with the fish. Sale of the company seems imminent.

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