|| ||"Rod Anderson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||Novell Nterprise Linux Services Delivers Top Networking
|| ||Tue, 24 Jun 2003 06:23:00 -0600|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2003
Novell Nterprise Linux Services Delivers Top Networking Services on
Fastest-Growing Server OS
* Novell Nterprise Linux Services gives customers integrated file, print,
messaging, directory and management on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SuSE
Linux Enterprise Server, along with strategic consulting and technical
support services for a complete Linux solution
* Dell, HP and IBM to offer Novell Nterprise Linux Services to their customers
PROVO, Utah - June 24, 2003 - As part of its recently announced plan to
provide customers the choice of running all of Novell's advanced network
services for business on Linux - including the entire services stack in the
future NetWare® 7 - Novell today introduced Novell® Nterprise* Linux
Services, giving customers file, print, messaging, directory and management
services in an integrated package that runs and will be supported on the Red
Hat Enterprise Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server distributions.
Available later this year along with comprehensive Novell technical support,
training and consulting services for Linux, Nterprise Linux Services combines
the benefits of Linux with proven, rock-solid support and network services
Novell today also announced agreements with Dell, HP and IBM through which
the three major hardware vendors will offer Novell's Linux solutions to their
customers, working with Novell to provide full training and support (see
details in today's separate announcements).
"Novell's focus is on secure solutions that provide people with the same
quality experience, no matter where they're located or what kind of device or
operating system they're using," said Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of
Novell. "We've followed this model successfully with many of our solutions
already. Providing network services on Linux is a natural extension of our
proven cross-platform strategy and brings the value of secure, scalable and
reliable Novell networking to the rapidly growing Linux server market. And
the support of the major hardware players ensures customers will be able to
obtain and run these proven Novell network services on the operating system
and hardware platform of their choice."
The initial version of Novell Nterprise Linux Services is comprised of a
number of Novell network services integrated into a single business solution.
These include identity services via Novell eDirectory* and DirXML®, file
services via Novell iFolder®, printing services via iPrint, messaging
services via NetMail*, management services via ZENworks® for Servers, and a
Virtual Office for end-user access and productivity via exteNd Director*
Standard Edition. In addition, Novell iManager provides a browser-based,
single point of administration for Nterprise Linux Services.
Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of System Software research for IDC, said,
"IDC's demand-side research has indicated that Linux faces several
impediments to mainstream acceptance including lack of Linux expertise and
experience in the organization, an organization's ability to integrate Linux
into their network, and issues with ongoing support of Linux environments.
Novell's move to expand customers' options and support Linux is likely to go
a long way towards resolving these issues in the minds of IT decision-makers
in many organizations."
Novell's Linux consulting, technical support and training services, including
the recently announced Novell Certified Linux Engineer program, round out
Novell's Nterprise Linux Services solution. Novell consulting delivers
direction-setting offerings such as strategy and return-on-investment
analysis as well as implementation and migration services, and beginning in
late 2003, Novell's Certified Linux Engineer program will combine certified
expertise on Novell's Linux offerings with Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
certification recommended as prerequisite knowledge. Novell is also
empowering its top channel partners to provide the same quality support to
the customers they serve.
Novell will continue to develop and enhance NetWare - a premier platform for
delivering advanced network services for business - as its impending delivery
of NetWare 6.5 illustrates. NetWare 6.5 includes business continuity, open
source, Web application development and virtual office features, all of which
will also be available and supported on the Linux kernel in the future.
NetWare 6.5 and Nterprise Linux Services provide parallel paths for NetWare
and Linux users until they meet at NetWare 7, when the complete Novell
services set will run on both the NetWare and Linux kernels.
Novell partners and industry leaders agree that Linux is growing as a
platform for critical enterprise services and Novell will add significant
value to the Linux enterprise.
* SuSE Linux CEO Richard Seibt: "Now, customers can leverage Novell's depth
of experience in mission-critical infrastructure - combined with SuSE's
proven world-class technology - to build the next generation of secure,
scalable and platform-independent applications. Novell Nterprise Linux
Services - running on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server - marks a seismic shift in
the market for this truly disruptive technology."
* Red Hat Vice President of Channel Sales Mike Evans: "Red Hat welcomes
Novell Nterprise Linux Services running on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux
family of products. With Novell's services, supported by Novell's worldwide
support organization, running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, customers now have
even more reasons to look to Linux for their mission-critical
infrastructures. We look forward to working with Novell and our common global
OEM partners - Dell, HP and IBM - to deliver robust solutions to the market."
*Conectiva CEO Jaques Rosenzvaig: "As Conectiva sees Linux adoption increase
in the marketplace, we also see the value of software services that make the
platform even more attractive to enterprise customers. Novell Nterprise Linux
Services combines Novell's technical expertise and proven market leadership
to the benefit of the entire Linux community, including customers, developers
* Turbolinux President and COO Koichi Yano: "Turbolinux has built its
business as a provider of Linux to make enterprise computing simpler and more
cost effective. As more customers turn to Turbolinux and demand the benefits
of Linux, Novell's strategic direction and its Nterprise Linux Services will
help feed that demand and provide customers with proven solutions from a
* EMC Vice President of Global Solutions Don Swatik: "EMC and Novell have
worked together to integrate EMC Automated Networked Storage with Novell
Nterprise Linux Services. Our joint efforts ensure that customers deploying
these innovative services from Novell can take full advantage of the
information management, sharing and protection capabilities of EMC automated
networked storage systems and software."
* Ximian President and CEO David Patrick: "Novell has much to offer the Linux
market with its innovative technology and established support infrastructure.
The synergies between Ximian and Novell will help drive enterprise adoption
of Linux by providing customers with cost-effective solutions that are easy
to deploy and affordable to manage."
* Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) CEO Stuart Cohen: "Novell Nterprise
Linux Services offers Linux users proven infrastructure capabilities backed
by enterprise-class support. Novell's announcement is confirmation that Linux
is enterprise ready and should be considered by customers who want to take
advantage of its benefits."
Nterprise Linux Services is part of Novell Nterprise, a set of offerings that
improve communication, simplify and automate network management, and allow
workers to be productive regardless of location, device or platform. Novell's
GroupWise® client for Linux desktops, for example, will be available later
this year and will give customers additional choice for taking advantage of
the most trusted and secure messaging platform in the industry.
Novell Nterprise Linux Services 1.0 beta testing begins in July. Pricing and
general availability will be announced at a later date. For more information
about Nterprise Linux Services and Novell's Linux strategy, or to apply to be
a beta tester, visit http://www.novell.com/linux.
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of information solutions
that deliver secure identity management (Novell Nsure*), Web application
development (Novell exteNd*) and cross-platform networking services (Novell
Nterprise), all supported by strategic consulting and professional services
(Novell NgageSM). Novell's vision of one Net - a world without information
boundaries - helps customers realize the value of their information securely
and economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response
Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit http://www.novell.com. Press should
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