Licensing and maintenance options can be complicated. You need to talk
to your Novell/SUSE Reseller. Please do, especially if you are
concerned about costs.
It is your decision to choose the products you feel are best suited to
your business needs. As a consultant and reseller, it is my job to
ensure my customers have the correct information they need to make
We are a small company of 35 people max.[/color]
Then you likely qualify for the Small Business pricing. Please check
with your reseller.
We were aware that there is
a per user license fee for GroupWise but we understanding that Suse
Enterprise Linux is a per Physical server license.[/color]
Yes, GroupWise is “per user”. There is a cost for the license and if
you want patches or support there is an additional annual “maintenance
Is Suse Linux not a per Physical server license for maintenance?[/color]
There are many maintenance options. Costs vary considerably depending
on (for examples):
- the platform
- one physical server vs unlimited virtual instances
- the number of CPU sockets: 2/4/8
- whether you only need patches or support too.
I do know that the NOWS product would make the server Administration a
lot easier but the cost is just not in our budget range at this time.[/color]
I hear you. Many small businesses are in the same position and are
looking for ways to reduce costs. Costs are important to all of us.
Novell has been listening too. They recognise that while NOWS offers
great value, it is more than many small businesses can afford. That is
why they announced NOWS for Small Business.
Novell Open Workgroup Suite for Small Business
Do your homework. You may find that the per-user licensing cost and
maintenance for NOWS for Small Business is less than what you are
paying for GroupWise alone. If you are still convinced that you don’t
look at those solutions, we’ll be happy to help with SLES any way we
Kevin Boyle - Knowledge Partner
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