Drew Major

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Drew Major, 10 June 2010

Drew Major (born June 17, 1956)[1] was one of the founders of Novell and the lead architect and developer of NetWare operating system for over 15 years. In 1981, Drew and his partners Kyle Powell, Dale Neibaur, and Mark Hurst began to work in enabling PCs to share files and other resources via a local area network (LAN).

Major later led Novell in a move to supply enterprise directory services.[2] Major left Novell in 2003[3] and, with Paul Sherer (ex-3Com CTO), founded Arroyo Video Solutions, which developed video servers for the cable industry and phone companies.[citation needed] In 2006, Cisco acquired Arroyo Video Solutions and Drew became a Cisco Systems Fellow, continuing to focus on internet content and services delivery.[citation needed]

Major received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in 1980, and graduated with honors in mathematics and computer science.[citation needed] He was born in California but has lived most of his life in Utah. He currently resides in Orem, Utah with his wife, Mary, and their four sons.


  1. ^ Drew Major - IT Channel - IT Channel News by CRN and VARBusiness
  2. ^ Drew Major, 12/27/99
  3. ^ "NetWare Father Drew Major Retires After 20-year Career With Novell". Channel Web. 2003-04-08. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 

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