We are purchasing Novell Cluster Services licenses today and had a question about the future of the product. Specifically, we wanted to know if we could push off purchasing upgrade protection until January 2007 for budget reasons, or if we would be getting ourselves into trouble with that. My understanding is that you can purchase upgrade protection up until a new version of a given product is released. If that is true, what I'm hoping you can answer is when the next release of Cluster Services will happen. Is this something they only release with upgrades to OES? Will the next release coincide with OES 2 next spring, and if so, how can I confirm that so I can sleep easy until January? Thanks!

Ryan Sinnwell