In December 2008 Novell announced its plan to rebrand ZENworks Orchestrator as PlateSpin Orchestrate.
It was a good move considering the potential that ZENworks has in the virtualization space and the brand awareness that PlateSpin was able to build before the Novell acquisition.
Three months after, the first version of the rebranded product comes out: PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0.
Novell is marking as new features things like:
- Support for VMware ESX/ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Xen
- Native VMware ESX support (no need for VMware vCetner)
- LDAP support
- Automation based on user-defined events and triggers
but as far as we remember pretty much everything was already included in ZENworks Orchestrator.
More concrete is instead the release of ZENworks Application Virtualization 7, the application virtualization platform that Novell is OEM’ing from XenoCode.
The new version, which is probably based on the recently released XenoCode Virtual Application Studio 2009, offers the integration with ZENworks Configuration Manager.
Now virtualized applications can be packaged and published in a specific Configuration Manager zone directly from inside Application Virtualization.
At the same time administrators can restrict virtualized applications from running on devices that are not registered with Configuration Manager.