My spin: Competing directly with Microsoft’s Small Business Server, and other solutions, Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL) today announced the availability of Novell(R) Small Business Suite 6.5, the latest version of Novell’s complete networking solutions suite for small businesses. Novell Small Business Suite 6.5 includes full versions of Novell’s award-winning networking and collaboration products, providing customers with big-business networking on small-business budgets.
Novell Small Business Suite 6.5 will feature licenses for up to 100 users, doubling the previous limit. It will also be part of the Novell Small Business Suite Starter Pack program which allows qualified Novell resellers to deploy limited-license versions of the Novell Small Business Suite at no product cost to customers. The starter pack featuring version 6.5 will be available shortly after Novell Small Business Suite 6.5 ships.
“Small business owners need to be able to focus on running their businesses, and not worry excessively about their networks,” said Chris Stone, Novell vice chairman — Office of the CEO. “The Novell Small Business Suite bundles 20 years of Novell technology innovation and experience with FORTUNE 500 companies and tailors it to the specific needs of small organizations while keeping all the networking clout of the giants. We make sure it will run with hundreds of line-of-business applications small businesses depend on, and we price it so practically everyone can take advantage. There’s no other small business networking solution on the market that can match it.”
Raymond Boggs, IDC vice president, Small Business and Home Office Research, said, “With 8 million small and medium-sized businesses in the United States alone, and most finding themselves with many of the same technology needs as large companies, there is a tremendous market for a networking solution such as Novell’s. The growing number of smaller firms interested in local area networks is very much related to affordable technology that is delivering very compelling performance. A small business can’t afford to appear unsophisticated to a consumer who is used to doing business with multinational conglomerates, and a vendor who can provide affordable technology that solves business problems is well positioned to succeed in this important market.”
In addition to support for up to 100 users, the Novell Small Business Suite now features user licensing, meaning customers pay for a license for each user who logs into the network, but they are not charged for printers, other servers or other devices that access the software services of the Novell Small Business Suite. In addition, the suite includes simplified licensing and configuration wizards to make it easier for resellers to implement Novell networking solutions for customers.
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