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Novell Plans Future of Red Carpet, ZenWorks

Birdman and Brimstone

  • March 25, 2004
  • By Jacqueline Emigh

What will happen with Ximian's Red Carpet system management tools for Linux, now that Ximian is part of Novell? At the BrainShare show this week, Novell officials gave a roadmap for integration between Red Carpet and its own ZenWorks tools for crossplatform management. Stops along the way include two upcoming product releases, codenamed Birdman and Brimstone.

Red Carpet today contains some capabilities for Linux management that aren't available in ZenWorks, and vice versa, maintained Richard Whitehead, director of product marketing at Novell, during a press briefing at BrainShare.

Right now, for example, ZenWorks supports Linux in addition to Windows, Novell NetWare, and mobile platforms. ZenWorks, however, provides only "minimal" support for policy-based Linux management, and this is mostly around software distribution, he said.

In 2005, Novell expects to release a Web services-based edition of ZenWorks, codenamed Brimstone, that provides full policy-based management on all platforms, including Linux, along with features such as imaging, remote management, remote control, and imaging.

As an interim measure, some time later in 2004, Novell will come out with Birdman, an edition of Red Carpet Enterprise that will add some features from the same list to the Red Carpet product.

Until Brimstone hits the streets, Novell will continue to sell Red Carpet Enterpise as a standalone product, "although the name may change." No decision has yet been reached on Red Carpet as a standalone after Brimstone, Whitehead said.

Linux and NetWare administrators attending BrainShare flocked to a conference session that outlined some of these same plans. Some administrators were glad to hear that Linux will become fully manageable through Novell's crossplatform product.

Gary Gilbody, a tech trainer at Central Piedmont Community College, predicted that the availability of full policy-based management for Linux in ZenWorks will help spur greater adoption of Linux in enterprises.

"Then, you'll be able to do the same things with Linux that you can with anything else," Gilbody added.

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