Novell Inc yesterday made a string of announcements headlined by NetWare 386 v3.0, described as the first member of a new family of products based on the NetWare 386 server. The new version is a 32-bit implementation of NetWare optimised for the features of the 80386, and is claimed to provide two to three times […]
Novell Inc yesterday made a string of announcements headlined by NetWare 386 v3.0, described as the first member of a new family of products based on the NetWare 386 server. The new version is a 32-bit implementation of NetWare optimised for the features of the 80386, and is claimed to provide two to three times the performance of current releases in large networks. The new release has a simplified and quicker installation procedure; support for up to 250 users on one server, high-performance file system supporting up to 32Tb, 4Gb main memory and maximum file size; enhanced security, dynamic resource configuration and enhanced printer services, and anticipates the 80486 in its design by including features specific to that chip. Single files and volumes can span multiple physical drives, allowing for parallel file access to speed file retrieval. Dynamic resource configuration handles allocation and memory management automatically. NetWare 386 and NetWare 286 servers can co-exist on the same network. It supports MS-DOS, OS/2 and Macintosh workstations, the last via a bridge running NetWare for Macintosh. The second announcement is the NetWare Programmers Workbench collection of software development tools, including the first C compilers for developing network applications and a library ANSI C- and IEEE Posix-compliant functions, licensed from Watcom Group Inc, Waterloo, Ontario. As part of the Workbench, Novell also has a pre-release NetWare 386 for developers called NetWare 386 v3.1 Software Developers Kit, to be available with the workbench, in the third quarter, as will 386 3.0 for users, to be followed by the 3.1 release in the first quarter of 1990. The C Network Compiler, the C Network Compiler/386 and NetWare Programmers Workbench with NetWare 386 v3.1 SDK are $700, $1,000 and $4,000 respectively. No price on the end user version. And Novell has NE/2-32, claimed to be the first 32-bit Ethernet network server adaptor for NetWare 386, designed to take full advantage of the 32-bit implementations of IBM’s Micro Channel Architecture and NetWare 386; and the Enhanced Disk Co-processor Board version of its DCB SCSI disk controller for AT bus NetWare file servers. No prices.