Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Dec 2008 16:13 UTC
Novell and Ximian It kind of slipped underneath our radar last Friday, but Novell has released its financial earnings figures for the fourth quarter. While the company still shows a loss of 16 million USD (compared to 18 million during the same quarter last year), individual divisions of the company are doing quite well, with only two of them showing losses. Total revenue was 243 million USD. Interestingly enough, the company's Linux business is doing very, very well.
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milles21
Member since:
2006-11-08

I respect your response and appreciate your response. I really am wanting an open dialog about what people actually think of Novell's offering in comparison to Redhat saying RHEL is better than SLES is really your opinion that is fine however there is not a way to accurately access which is better. That is why I said equal or better.

As for Identity Manager, Red Hat Director Server is no where near a competitor and is not even the same product class to compare it is more of a edirectory competitor.

Same thing with Red Hat Network Satellite Server, Zenworks manages so much more than Red Hat Network Satellite Server. We are talking enterprise wide management Windows , SUSE, Red Hat, Virtual Machine management. Red Hat Network Satellite Server is not the same class product

Also I still did not see your Groupwise competitor.

IPA, KVM, are both immature in my opinion and are not fully integrated so I don't think we can count them yet.

I will give JBoss, I think it is an excellent technology. GFS is absolutely amazing. Red hat seems to be an application management platform company, On that you run apps from other vendors on as oppose to one that provide integrated enterprise solutions IMHO.

Again I am not against Red Hat I have them in my environment and they are stable server.

However when it came to rolling out an enterprise for my customer, their complete solution offering fell short, in terms of systems management (Windows and Linux), user management , security management, and compliance.

Again I am looking for technology opinions. So mine is that enterprise solutions Novell has a better offering.

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DRIQ Member since:
2008-04-28

It makes me wonder why all the companies that I have worked for run their mission critical databases and applications on Sun's Solaris and/or IBM's AIX. In addition, they do not have many of these Unix servers in the data center. Just a few of them will take care of the enterprise. Does size really matter?

Are they dumb? or they know something that we don't.

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PunchCardGuy Member since:
2006-04-14

Most large enterprises that run mission critical applications whereby one cannot afford to lose a single transaction use big iron such as that Sun or IBM provides, along with their enterprise proven operating systems. Its all about RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability). These enterprises need 5 9s or better reliability, and that simply cannot be had with a large farm of commodity servers running LINUX.

On the other hand, if you are running a Web-server based e-store, then needs are not so critical, allowing one to build solutions using low cost products like LINUX on commodity platforms, since losing a transaction or so every now and then won't tank your company.

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_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

i dont know about "high level" products
i know about packages, toolchain, building, enginering.
i know many distributions inner working and have modified or rebuilt most of them for different companies (including debian gentoo etc)

one thing i know, is how *good* red hat is.
their package quality beats everyone down. they actually patch stuff that isnt working too, and do it well. you'll see every other distro use their patches, and when they dont, features don't actually work. (happens often enough)

So yeah. I don't like RPM, etc etc. But they do a real good job. I would chose RHEL eyes closed over SLES (at least, at the moment, everyone can improve/deprove ;)

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