Novell Stumbles, Eyes New Strategy

Novell this week reported continued softness in several core businesses, with lower revenue and wider losses. But the company’s management sees opportunity ahead to leverage its array of identity, security, systems and resource management and Linux appliance efforts. Datamation takes a look.

It has been a tough year for a lot of vendors in the IT space and for Novell (NASDAQ: NOVL), it’s been no exception.

But even as it posts a widening quarterly loss, the company’s executives aren’t easing up on the pace going into 2010. Instead, they described plans to expand Novell’s Linux business as well as a new strategy to cash in on what they see as enterprises’ need to better manage their workloads across physical, virtual and cloud-based environments.

The idea involves Novell unifying elements of its overall portfolio together under a workload management strategy.

“I believe there is a new market for solutions that address the risks and challenges for computing securely across multiple environments,” Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian said. “This need plays to the strengths of Novell — identity and security, systems and resource management, and our new SUSE Appliance program.”

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