Novell launches ZENworks for Desktops 3

Novell Inc. has announced the release of ZENworks for Desktops 3, the latest version of its desktop management software. And while one analyst said this latest release is “powerful,” he is unsure of how widely used it will be.

According to Novell, ZENworks for Desktops 3 enables policy-based management, and is able to be customized according to the individual users’ needs, the requirements of user groups, or the standards of an organization.

“We’ve seen the customer – generically and around the world, but definitely…in the Canadian marketplace – looking at methods to control their operational expense. And to take a much more network-centric view of their world as opposed to a desktop-centric world,” said Ross Chevalier,

director of technology at Novell Canada in Markham, Ont.

With that in mind, one of the new enhancements Novell has added to the product is desktop imaging.

“One of the challenges that the networking customer has is that all vendors tend to roll out new products from time to time,” explained Chevalier. “And it’s not just the licensing of ‘How do I get the software?’, it’s ‘How do I make it happen across potentially thousands of machines, without engendering a huge cost to make that happen?’ So one of the new services in ZEN for Desktops 3 is desktop imaging – the ability to push out an entire new desktop to a workstation.”