Is Novell's Groupwise on death row?

Is Novell's Groupwise on death row?

Summary: After listening to Brian Green, Novell's European director of Linux solutions, give a keynote regarding the company's forthcoming marriage of NetWare's services to the SuSE Linux kernel (Novell calls this Open Enterprise Server), Novell's customers are worrying that the company will put some of its non-open source products such as Groupwise on the chopping block. The worries are not unfounded.

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After listening to Brian Green, Novell's European director of Linux solutions, give a keynote regarding the company's forthcoming marriage of NetWare's services to the SuSE Linux kernel (Novell calls this Open Enterprise Server), Novell's customers are worrying that the company will put some of its non-open source products such as Groupwise on the chopping block.

The worries are not unfounded. With native NetWare in decline, the company realizes that to succeed going forward it must hitch the real value in NetWare -- the services it offers such as its enterprise directory management solution -- to a much stronger ecosystem like Linux. That combination however could undermine some of Novell's other products. If OES gets any traction, its automatic inclusion of alternatives to Groupwise such as SuSE Linux Openexchange Server and Ximian Evolution (Ximian was acquired by Novell) undermines the customer's need to separately license a proprietary email/collaboration server like Groupwise. Further creating doubts about the company's commitment to Groupwise, Steve Brown, the European vice president of Novell, used the words "Certainly in the short term" in saying that the company would continue providing Groupwise support in the immediate future. This would have been a great question to have asked Novell's director of product marketing Charlie Ungashick during my audio interview of him last week.

Topic: Enterprise Software

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  • Novell's direction

    Why would this be a concern?

    Given Novell's current direction, the only reason they would have to [b]not[/b] open-source GroupWise is its value as a continuing revenue stream. If they ever want to discontinue it as a proprietary product, they can simply set it free.

    Being left with no support options isn't something that current GroupWise customers should worry about.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • GroupWise stronger than ever

    This appears to be a case if inflammatory journalism and selective mis-use of quotes. Working very closely with Novell and the GroupWise team as a major third part developer, from my perspective I can assure your readers that "short term" with GroupWise means at LEAST ten years! There are road maps for developement that stretch at least that far.

    Seriously folks, Novell is diversifying into Linux due to market demand. GroupWise will survive because of market demand. There's already a version of GroupWise that will run on Linux. How can that possibly put GroupWise on a "death watch" when it now runs on the fastest growing and most widely accepted operating system in the world? OpenExchange server could take at LEAST ten years to catch up to GroupWise in functionality and install base. If anyone should be worried about OpenExchange server making their mail and collaboration application obsolete, it's the organization that (pay for) run Microsoft Exchange or Lotus/Domino.

    GroupWise RULES!
    infoaaa20
  • GroupWise Is Better and Different

    We are now on version 6.5 of GroupWise and have been happy with the product since version 3. We missed a lot of viruses,worms by not being an "exchange" clone. There seems to be a misconception that 'integrated' equals better for desktop software. We use Microsoft Office and when I install, 'Address Book' is made unavailable. Outlook is also prohibited, and Outlook Express is dprecated as much as it can be.

    Ximian for .NET compatibility makes sense, BUT 'Evolution' so Linux can have a version of 'Outlook' - NO THANKS.

    I run the Linux GroupWise 6.5 Client.
    plumley9