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Attachmate Reorganizes Novell, SUSE Linux and NetIQ Assets

In three separate announcements today, Attachmate, Novell and SUSE Linux disclosed their organization structures going forward. The news surfaces a few weeks after Attachmate completed its acquisition of Novell. Here's the update plus perspectives from The VAR Guy. The moves include:

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May 18, 2011

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Attachmate Reorganizes Novell, SUSE Linux and NetIQ Assets

In three separate announcements today, Attachmate, Novell and SUSE Linux disclosed their organization structures going forward. The news surfaces a few weeks after Attachmate completed its acquisition of Novell. Here’s the update plus perspectives from The VAR Guy.

The moves include:

  • Novell is returning to Provo, Utah, and refocusing on end-user computing solutions. The business unit will promote Open Enterprise Server (NetWare’s successor) and Novell GroupWise and Novell ZENworks endpoint management solutions. Bob Flynn serves as president and general manager. The VAR Guy’s Spin: Our resident blogger wonders if this business unit can drive growth, given Open Enterprise Server’s limited adoption.

  • SUSE is a new business unit focused on Linux. Nils Brauckmann, a 20-year industry veteran with both Attachmate and Novell heritage, leads the SUSE organization. The VAR Guy’s Spin: According to SEC documents, Attachmate originally did not bid on SUSE as part of the proposed Novell acquisition. So The VAR Guy will be watching to see how Attachmate manages the SUSE business going forward. This could definitely be a growth unit…

  • NetIQ, a business unit of Attachmate, gains Novell’s identity and security management solutions. Jay Gardner serves as president and general manager. John Delk is VP, focused on global alliances and the Americas Partner Organization. New Novell products such as Novell Cloud Security Service shift into this business unit. The VAR Guy’s Spin: There are some key growth opportunities in this business unit. The VAR Guy will be curious to see how Attachmate manages “Novell” branded products across (A) the Novell business unit and (B) the NetIQ business unit.

The VAR Guy will take a closer look at each business unit to see how the channel teams will be organized. Attachmate and Novell have previously stated that Novell’s partner program benefits remain unchanged.

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