Novell BrainShare 2011
Well, I'm back from Salt Lake City in the US. I got a special deal on going to BrainShare, which is Novell's annual conference (see BrainShare 2011 ).
It was remarkably well attended - about 2,000 people I think, and a number of us from the UK education crowd made it there under the auspices of the Novell Technology Transfer Partners (see Novell TTP Organization ) which exists to promote the needs of education throughout the world to the Novell, SUSE and NetIQ companies. If you're using Novell, SUSE or NetIQ products take a look at becoming a TTP member.
There is more to it than just NetWare or its replacement OES running on SUSE Linux. There was a great deal on ZENWorks, which is about to get full disk encryption on Windows and proper Apple OS X client support to manage Apple workstations. There were sessions on ENGL's toolkit and also PaperCut were there. If you're a PCounter person, take a look at what you can find as a possible alternative. There is an iPrint solution for Android and iOS on the horizon, so things are looking good. GroupWise got some coverage - particularly following on from VMWare's claim via Zimbra that the product was being discontinued.
OpenSUSE also had a big presence there, so there was a good mix of open source and proprietary software. Green computing it certainly was, but not my shade!
Some nice security bits too such as the Sentinel product range (which is probably too expensive for most of us but worth aspiring to).
I thought I'd post here, to remind people that NetWare is still supported, that Novell is still alive and kicking, and now that it's not beholden to shareholders, might actually listen to what people have to say. The new Filr Novell Filr (How do you pronounce this?) « Storage Gaga was demoed too. I look forward to it.
Just a brief resume, but as this forum has been too quiet for too long, I thought I'd see what happened!
We deal with Novell quite a bit at Impero (mainly as it is still very big in usa) in fact I might give you PM as want to pick your brains if your a bit of a Novell expert.
Still running a load of Netware 6.5 servers over here, and are just deploying ZEN 11 and SecureLogin.
The MacOS support in ZCM 11.2 looks good. Only about 10 years after I first asked for it...
Have you taken a look at membership of the TTP?
I've watched a lot of the Brainshare Videos that can be found on Youtube under Novell and the steps Novell appear to be taking look promising.
We are currently running a Novell network with several SLES 10 OES 2 servers. Can't wait for OES 11 (I think) to be shipped so we can upgrade to SLES 11.
We will look into the Novell TTP Organisation further, thank you for the heads up.
Did you join the TTP?
Originally Posted by si289
I didn't in the end. Things ended up going a bit mental and now I have a new job where we are using RHEL instead of SLES :-). I still keep an eye on the developments that Novell keep making which look promising!
Edit: did you attend brainshare this year?
No, unfortunately not. The next one is forecast to be Nov 3rd-6th, 2014. Now to try to get the funds together. I paid personally last time for the travel. Ouch.