Novell Looks to Recapture Its Former Email Glory

Mike Vizard
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Novell may not be the industry powerhouse it once was but after being acquired by Attachmate it appears to still have plenty of fight.

With the release of GroupWise 2014 today, Novell is once more making staking a claim to email in the enterprise. In addition to coexisting with Microsoft Exchange environments and providing better integration with Microsoft Active Directory, the latest version of Novell GroupWise also includes broader support for mobile computing devices.

Dean Lythgoe, director of product management for Novell, says that despite all the hype surrounding cloud computing, most organizations still prefer to run their email systems on-premise. The issue they face is that because the dominant email system being used by most IT organizations is so complex to manage, many of them feel they have no choice but to move to the cloud. Novell GroupWise 2014 provides an on-premise alternative that is easier to manage, at a much lower total cost, and also more secure, says Lythgoe.


In addition to providing support for a broad range of mobile-computing devices, Novell has also developed its own mobile client that runs on Windows.

Finally, Novell has developed a Web-based administration console for GroupWise 2014 that can be accessed from any device.

Novell may have a long way to go before it recaptures any of its former glory. But at a time when many organizations are trying to figure out their next email move, more than a few are going to consider options that go well beyond typical email solutions.

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Apr 3, 2014 1:50 PM Eric Espino Eric Espino  says:
In addition to Groupwise messaging platform the were one of the first to bring to the market a very good directory service eDirectory. It is my opinion that eDirectory service inspire Microsoft to develop Active Directory. Cheers. Reply
Apr 5, 2014 2:35 AM Marcel Ramaker Marcel Ramaker  says:
What needs to be said too is that Novell once again proves that they are capable to deliver a truly independent mail platform that runs on all industry standards! So whatever your strategy Novell's GroupWise 2014 runs on it! Marcel Ramaker CEO VibeWise Europe. Reply
Apr 24, 2014 7:29 AM Willem Bagchus Willem Bagchus  says:
With GroupWise 2014, Novell has fully unleashed its greatest version ever. It will run on any server, work with any directory and it's super reliable and easy to adminsiter. While your server infrastructure continues to evolve, GroupWise will keep pace with you all the way. You don't need to sacrifice functionality with GroupWise, either. If it's security and reliability you want, GroupWise is the answer. Reply
Jun 5, 2014 6:31 AM Michel Michel  says: in response to Eric Espino
You are TOTALLY correct !!!! Reply
Aug 11, 2014 1:18 PM sandmich sandmich  says:
"The issue they face is that because the dominant email system being used by most IT organizations is so complex to manage..." --- They obviously mean Exchange, and along those lines Exchange 2013 is like a walking ad for their point. Reply
Oct 9, 2014 7:27 AM dave dave  says:
Will Groupwise 2014 run on a netware 6.5 server ??? or do we have to go to Sles ?? Reply
Feb 14, 2015 7:51 PM Thomas Thomas  says:
I think the first thing they need to do is making the client more stable , stable and stable. Reply
Mar 3, 2016 4:36 AM merlinse merlinse  says:
all sounds sunny and clear but when you try to do a backup of the mail server and its countpart the retain server it becomes a different story. The directory structure is so increadibly extended it takes ages to make a backup. The only way is to make virtual export of the datadisk. Our mail and retain backups take 20 to 25 hours to complete for a full. with 600 mailboxes/users Reply

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