LAN Briefs

Mountain View, Calif.-based SteelEye Technology Inc. has launched an extension of its LifeKeeper Next Generation Enterprise Reliability platform, to protect the uptime of Linux-based print servers. LifeKeeper for Linux monitors the status of print spoolers and daemons as well as servers, network and data to ensure uptime and accessibility to print servers, the company said. Key features of the LifeKeeper platform include an intuitive Java-based GUI and packaged support for a variety of applications. The LifeKeeper platform is available now on Rd Hat and Caldera distributions of Linux, as well as on Windows NT. For availability and pricing information, contact the company at

Novell Inc. announced late last month that it will offer a new feature for ZENworks for Servers 2, its server management product, designed to make it easier for customers to install service packs on their servers.

The new feature will enable network administrators to roll out support packs across their NetWare servers automatically, according to the company. Novell said the development should cut down on server upgrade times and save administrators a considerable amount of time. The installation feature supports NetWare 4.11 and higher, and will be available for download at no charge for ZENworks for Servers 2 customers from The public beta became available this month at Novell Canada, in Markham, Ont., can be found on the Web at

Dell Computer Corp. announced last month that it would begin shipping its PowerEdge servers preconfigured with Oracle9i this spring. At the same time, Dell and Oracle Corp. will establish a Linux Competency Center to provide their customers with a facility to view and test Oracle-based applications for Linux running on Dell’s Intel-based hardware, free of charge. The companies plan to deliver preconfigured Dell systems running Oracle to ease the management burden. Dell will offer “specific identifying skews” of server/software configurations for either small, medium, or enterprise-class businesses. Pricing will be announced during the spring product launch. The Competency Center, which will also concentrate on the development of Linux clusters on Dell hardware, will be located at Dell’s Central Texas campus in Round Rock, Tex.