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Novell GroupWise is a comprehensive collaboration solution that provides information workers with e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, task management, and contact and document management capabilities.
Do More with Less
Even if your budget for IT staff remains constant, your company can grow with ease. As a Novell GroupWise® administrator, you can easily manage more than 10,000 users. (In fact, several GroupWise administrators currently manage more than 20,000 users each.)
Consider the case of Dave Muldoon, who works for a large financial institution in the Northeast. His experiences with GroupWise are familiar to many GroupWise administrators. However, what makes Dave's situation different is that he has been the sole GroupWise Administrator for over 11,000 users for a period of two years. The magnitude of the system he maintains and the unforgiving nature of outages in his industry, combine for some interesting challenges and solutions. During a recent corporate merger, the system that Dave supports has grown by 7,000 users-bringing the total in his system to over 18,000 users.
Keep Systems Secure
Keep viruses out of your system. Malicious virus attacks, typically initiated through e-mail, can bring productivity to a grinding halt, but GroupWise® keeps your users working and connected. Find out how GroupWise beats the competition with by far the fewest number of documented vulnerabilities.
Time and again, hackers have used e-mail as an entry point into corporate systems to steal confidential information. These breaches can result in tarnished business reputation, customer loss and litigation risk. In some cases, information security is mandated by legislation such as the European Union Data Protection Directive or the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Legislation also often requires that enterprises capture, store and produce e-mail and IM communications to prove adherence to security policies. Failure to comply with such mandates can result in substantial financial penalties.
To address collaboration challenges like these, it's important to understand that security needs to be built-in, not tacked on. Unless security is designed into the product, it's reactive instead of proactive.
The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) is part of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, a Department of Defense-sponsored, federally funded research and development center. CERT.org found Novell GroupWise to be far less susceptible to intrusion than other leading collaborative environments. Viruses and worms enter Exchange easily through ActiveX and Visual Basic acceptances in Outlook, leaving the door wide open to costly and disruptive virus attacks and the risk that data will be compromised.
In contrast, GroupWise is designed with security in mind from the ground up to keep your entire system - including the message store - free from viruses and worms. GroupWise also protects you against spam, which is often a source of virus infestations. It offers several levels of antispam controls at the border, GroupWise Internet Agent and the client to keep the message store clear and reduce the amount of time employees spend deleting spam.
Linux-Free and Easy
Perhaps the nicest advantage of running GroupWise on Linux is that you get Linux free. As a GroupWise 8 customer, you automatically receive an entitlement to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 that lets you deploy the Linux platform on as many servers as needed to host your GroupWise services.
But even with all the advantages that Linux has to offer, some of you hesitate to look at it because it's unfamiliar territory. Perhaps most of your training has been in the NetWare and Windows world, and you still have the misperception that Linux is difficult to learn. The truth is: Linux isn't rocket science. Most of the expertise you already have can be easily transitioned to the Linux world with just a little training. To make sure you get the training you need, Novell offers some free classes on Linux. (See Free Support and Training.)
When you do decide to make the move, Novell simplifies the process with its free GroupWise Server Migration Utility. The utility will transfer your GroupWise agents, domains, post offices and data from either a NetWare or Windows server to your new Linux server.
Some of the most frequent questions asked by Novell customers planning a GroupWise migration to Linux deal with setting up clusters.
GroupWise and Novell Cluster Services can run on NSS, ext3 or Reiser file systems. In GroupWise 8, the Novell engineering team enhanced the GroupWise installation to make it even easier to implement clustering. To take advantage of these enhancements, simply choose the Install to a Cluster option during setup.. A nice benefit of the Install to Cluster option is its ability to store your Post Office Agents, Message Transfer Agents, GroupWise Internet Agent, Messenger Agents, agent configuration files and log files in your GroupWise cluster resource. This eliminates the need to install every agent-and the agent startup file-on each cluster node. It also keeps the log files from being spread across all the nodes in the cluster. Administratively, it just makes things simpler.
Another advantage of the Install to Cluster option is that it exclusively binds the GroupWise agents to the cluster resource's assigned secondary IP address. The secondary IP address is used to identify the partition for the GroupWise cluster resource, and it floats with the resource from cluster node to cluster node when a failover or failback occurs.
Simple Upgrade process
The process to upgrade a GroupWise system from one version to another is a long time advantage over Novell's competitors. Whereas Microsoft Exchange has had to migrate from one version to another (4 times in the past 10 years) GroupWise enables a simple upgrade process from one version to the next - no replacement hardware, no lost data.