What is Gradenko and Why Should I Care?

By Donna Moyer

Gradenko is the code name for Novell's DataSync engine. This software is being developed to provide a way to sync data across a broad range of applications. Read on to find out how this will provide more functionality to GroupWise customers, as well as open up a broad range of possibilities for other applications and data.

The Challenge

By Donna Moyer

Gradenko is the code name for Novell's DataSync engine. This software is being developed to provide a way to sync data across a broad range of applications. Read on to find out how this will provide more functionality to GroupWise customers, as well as open up a broad range of possibilities for other applications and data.

The Challenge

Syncing applications with GroupWise is currently problematical. In fact, one of the main reasons people move to Outlook/Exchange is the inability to find productivity applications (such as CRM software) that will sync directly with GroupWise without third party software. As we move to implement products like Teaming, it is imperative that GroupWise customers be able to see all of their relevant data in one interface. Additionally, as network administrators, we need to be able to respond to requests to sync GroupWise with any smart phone on the market.

Enter DataSync

DataSync is Novell’s response to this critical challenge. The best way to describe DataSync technology is IDM for data. The DataSync engine will be centrally located at the core of the network, with its connectors touching various applications. The connectors will enable data to move between those applications. As a result, DataSync not only will enable GroupWise to connect to various applications, but will actually allow all the applications to connect with each other – without going through GroupWise! Think of the possibilities! Some of the first connectors DataSync will offer will include the ActiveSync connector for mobile devices, a connector for Teaming, and a connector for each of the more popular CRMs, i.e., SalesForce. There will also be a development platform available so that you can write your own connectors for applications as needed.

DataSync and Mobile Devices

Since support for the GroupWise Mobile Server will soon be discontinued, one of the most popular connectors is expected to be the ActiveSync connector. This connector will support any device that has an ActiveSync client, including iPhones, Symbian, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile devices, and Android. Novell is even going to certify several devices for use with this connector. However, please note that one device which does not include an ActiveSync client is the Blackberry. Thus, RIM's BES for GroupWise will need to be utilized to sync these devices. A compatibility matrix will be published when the software goes to public beta … stay tuned for more info!

How Will DataSync Be Licensed?

Novell plans to provide any customer with current GroupWise and/or Teaming maintenance with the DataSync engine, the Teaming connector, the GroupWise connector, and the ActiveSync connector. This will enable these customers to sync their data to and from GroupWise, Teaming, and their chosen mobile devices. Finally, data from all of these applications will be working together! Connectors for other applications will be available for additional purchase from Novell and their development partners.

When Can I Get DataSync?

If you are like me, DataSync can't come soon enough! We don't have a final release date yet, as the product still needs to go to public beta, but we will keep you updated as information becomes available. The most important thing to note is that Novell is truly committed to their collaboration strategy (including GroupWise) and to Making IT Work As One!

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About the Author:
Donna Moyer is Principal/Senior Network Consultant of Uptime NetManagement, Inc. (http://www.uptimenmi.com/). Uptime is a Novell Gold Solutions partner providing technology solutions, customized training, and consulting services. If you are interested in finding out exactly what Novell can do for your business, or are seeking to maximize the benefits from your current Novell systems, call us today at 610-621-1244!

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