Novell ups the partnership ante

Novell yesterday announced an agreement with PC manufacturer Microbits to integrate its Internet caching products with Novell's Directory Services.

The partnership comes at a time when Novell is seeking to broaden its directory-enabled networks before Microsoft's Active Directory hits the market as part of Windows 2000 later this year.

Randall Pierson, Novell's VP global field and channel marketing, said the company must increasingly rely on partnerships to fill in the technology gaps.

"It's really not possible for us to provide all these [new technologies] to our customers on our own," he said.

Coinciding with the announcement, Microbits yesterday demonstrated its Intelli-App Internet Caching Appliances at Novell's annual Brainshare conference in Sydney.

The product is designed to boost Internet access speeds and will be available in September this year.