The standard edition of IBM’s WebSphere Application Server, a Java-based server that provides a Web application-deployment environment and Web site management tools, will be licensed to Novell for inclusion in the NetWare directory-enabled operating system.
Novell is also licensed to resell WebSphere Advanced Edition, which extends the capabilities of the Standard Edition for scaling Web sites into secure, transactional e-business applications.
The agreement expands on an existing relationship between the two companies. NetWare is currently supported across IBM products such as the Netfinity and OS/390 server lines. Their relationship is designed to foster a comprehensive e-business solution, said John Swainson, IBM Software’s general manager, application and integration middleware.
“This agreement is significant in providing customers the support they need to conduct Web-based business activity,” he said. “With IBM’s WebSphere products, Novell can now provide its NetWare customers the technology to quickly transform into e-businesses.