New virtual appliance and latest ZENworks enhancements simplify Windows 7 migrations

March 23, 2010

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SALT LAKE CITY, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --BrainShare 2010 --Novell today announced the availability of a new ZENworks Configuration Management virtual appliance - one of the first plug-and-play solutions that integrates desktop, asset and patch management capabilities. In addition, Novell announced key ZENworks enhancements to help customers migrate to Microsoft* Windows* 7. Finally, Novell announced a technology preview of ZENworks 11, which integrates endpoint security into a single console with systems management to help customers meet the converging needs of IT operations and security.

Reduce Costs with New Virtual Appliance

The ZENworks Configuration Management virtual appliance is designed to simplify installation and reduce the support and maintenance costs associated with endpoint management. Built with SUSE Studio(TM), the industry's fastest growing appliance-building program, the ZENworks Configuration Management virtual appliance runs on a VMware* ESX infrastructure and seamlessly integrates desktop, asset and patch management capabilities. Many companies are capitalizing on cloud computing by deploying virtual appliances in the private cloud. With the addition of this virtual appliance into the ZENworks portfolio, Novell can now deliver even more choice and flexibility by providing both traditional software and virtual appliance deployment options for customers.

"Virtual appliances offer customers quick-to-deploy and easy-to-support software solutions," said Fred Broussard, Research Director for PC, Device and IT Service Management software at IDC. "Solutions that are designed to be easy to install and use, such as the ZENworks Configuration Management virtual appliance, allow customers to take advantage of cloud deployment options with a pre-configured, hardened, all-in-one solution that can boost their business agility."

Simplify Windows 7 Migration and Management

According to the IDC White Paper sponsored by Microsoft, The Economic Impact of Microsoft's Windows 7, Worldwide, Doc #W7WW709, July 2009, 19% of the global IT workforce is expected to be on Windows 7 by the end of 2010. With key enhancements to the ZENworks portfolio, customers now have the tools to mitigate the risks that come with large-scale Windows 7 migrations including potential data loss and user downtime. Today's release of ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP3, ZENworks 10 Patch Management SP3, ZENworks 10 Asset Management SP3, and ZENworks Application Virtualization 8 mitigates those risks and provides a comprehensive range of capabilities that enable customers to assess and plan their Windows 7 migrations, execute them seamlessly, and then optimize their PC environments.

"Novell ZENworks Configuration Management has helped us quickly reduce the cost and complexity of managing our IT infrastructure - over 14,000 PCs - and ensure our systems are always updated, secure and compliant," said James Watson, Network Manager for Spring Independent School District in Houston, Texas. "As we look to migrate to Windows 7, ZENworks can help us to understand and plan for the move - allowing us to seamlessly migrate without impacting our business or end-user productivity."

Seamlessly Integrate IT Operations and Security

IT operations and security continue to converge as organizations become more complex and face new threats both inside and outside the enterprise. Available as a technology preview, the next-generation ZENworks 11 platform, due out later this year, will help combat these challenges with fully unified endpoint configuration, security and asset management capabilities that can all be accessed from a single console. Building on Novell's flexible cross-platform systems management heritage, it will offer the broadest heterogeneous support across Windows and Linux* devices, allowing companies to simplify their management and security needs with one tool. Customers can download the technology preview at

"Today's IT environment is dynamic, and ZENworks continues to evolve to meet the challenges that customers are facing in both managing new devices and delivery models as well as in securing these systems," said Jim Ebzery, senior vice president and general manager, Novell Security, Management and Operating Platforms business unit. "From cloud computing to Windows 7, ZENworks offers the most comprehensive and flexible set of solutions to reduce cost, complexity and risk and help customers make their IT work as one."


Novell ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP3, ZENworks 10 Asset Management SP3, ZENworks 10 Patch Management SP3 will be available on March 30, 2010. ZENworks Application Virtualization 8 will be available in early April 2010. The ZENworks Configuration Management virtual appliance is a deployment option for customers on ZENworks 10 Configuration Management SP3.

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Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers the best engineered, most interoperable Linux platform and a portfolio of integrated IT management software that helps customers around the world reduce cost, complexity and risk. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell harmoniously integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit

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