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Novell Reorgs

The move seems to be about selling more identity and security management into Linux accounts

Novell Session at Cloud Expo

Cloud Computing Expo - Novell is collapsing its four business units down to two.

Starting next month, the company's identity and security management, systems and resource management, and its open platform solutions groups will be a single unit called Security, Management and Operating Platforms (SMOP).

The move seems to be about selling more identity and security management into Linux accounts.

Novell last week trotted out an Intelligent Workload Management strategy that unifies the security and management of IT infrastructure across physical, virtual and cloud environments. The company means to integrate ID and systems management directly in an application workload in a Linux-based framework to enhance the security of a specific workload and improve portability across computing environments.

Its remaining unit, legacy workgroups, will go with the services unit and call itself Collaboration Solutions.

The new SMOP division will be run by Jim Ebzery, head of ISM solutions, and Collaboration Solutions will be run by Colleen O'Keefe, head of global services.

SRM head Joe Wagner will become SVP and general manager of global alliances and strategic partnerships in charge of growing the IWM partner ecosystem, and OPS chief Markus Rex will stay on as general manager reporting to the SMOP boss.

CTO Jeff Jaffe will stick around as strategic advisor to CEO Ron Hovsepian until February then leave. SVP, strategic development Roger Levy is also leaving.

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