March 25, 1997 6:00 PM ET
Novell readies Java-based NT/NetWare Command Centers
By Paula Musich

  Novell Inc. plans to introduce a Java-based centralized console for its various management offerings that will exploit its NetWare directory services.

The new ManageWise Command Center, which Novell demonstrated at its BrainShare developers' conference in Salt Lake City this week, will provide centralized management for mixed Novell NetWare and Windows NT computing environments.

Mark Epstein, vice president and general manager of Novell's management products division, in San Jose, Calif., said the software allows users to combine the physical network view with a logical view of specific application areas, such as messaging or end-user administration.

A variety of management functions will work under the Microsoft Corp. Internet Explorer-like interface, including directory management, network monitoring and alarm management, configuration management, and administration, as well as automated application distribution.

A Java-based Software Development Kit that will allow third-party management applications to be integrated under the new interface is due out by the end of the year, according to Novell officials.

The formal unveiling of the product is expected next week at the JavaOne conference.

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