OREM, Utah, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Caldera Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD), today announced the release of Caldera(R) Volution(TM) ("Volution"), a comprehensive Linux management solution that reduces the cost of implementing and managing Linux systems. With Caldera Volution, administrators can use policies and profiles to manage thousands of Linux systems, without having to individually manage or touch each. Volution is distribution-neutral -- designed to work with all major Linux distributions, and provides broad management functions. To read industry reaction and what Volution users are saying visit http://www.calderasystems.com/company/press/quotes. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010109/LATU087LOGO-a ) Volution will significantly benefit ASPs, ISPs, hosting companies, systems integrators and network administrators -- anyone needing to manage multiple Linux servers and desktops. "The lack of Linux management solutions has been a barrier impeding Linux adoption in enterprises," said Bill Claybrook, research director for Linux and UNIX of Aberdeen Group. "Caldera Volution is a significant entry into the Linux management space because of its comprehensiveness and Linux neutrality. Enterprise administrators need a Linux-neutral solution to help them manage constantly changing Open Source software." Caldera Volution is a Web-based remote management solution that allows administrators to manage Linux systems from anywhere at anytime. It is directory-based utilizing the inherent strengths of LDAP directories. Directories provide two major benefits: They give administrators a place to not only store information, but a logical and intuitive way of managing network resources. Volution supports three major LDAP directories, Novell's eDirectory, OpenLDAP and iPlanet. OpenLDAP and eDirectory ship with the product. "The strength of Caldera Volution is in its ability to manage all the Linux systems at a specific location as a discrete unit," said Patrick M Ebert, manager of technical services and support at HON Industries, one of the world's largest manufacturers of office furniture. "We expect it to significantly reduce the cost of managing the Linux systems on our WAN. As a beta site we felt that Caldera Volution would help us successfully manage our environment. We are implementing it throughout our enterprise: a wide area network with 300 Intermec 5055 wireless industrial touch screen PCs across 18 locations." Key Features -- Supports all major Linux distributions -- Secure Web-based management console -- Electronic software distribution -- installs and removes applications on remote Linux systems -- Hardware and software inventory -- Health monitoring of Linux systems -- Linux printer configuration -- Scheduler/Global event system -- Policy-based management -- Customizable machine profiling -- Data repository based on an LDAP V3 directory "In addition to its comprehensiveness, Caldera Volution distinguishes itself in other areas," said Ransom Love, president and CEO of Caldera Systems. "Our model is to empower administrators. We believe administrators want and need control of their Linux systems. We're also shipping Volution in nine additional languages which shows it's ready for deployment in small to large businesses worldwide." Pricing, Availability and Support The suggested list price for Caldera Volution is US $2995. Volution ships with the Volution software, Novell eDirectory and OpenLDAP, a secure Web server and licenses to manage up to 10 nodes. Additional nodes are sold separately. All international versions of Caldera Volution will be available within 30 days. They include: Chinese -- simplified and traditional, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. To purchase Caldera Volution dial 1-888-GoLinux, visit http://www.calderasystems.com/partners/dist/volution or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Multiple support options are available from Caldera Systems or your local reseller. For more information about Caldera Volution visit http://www.calderasystems.com/volution. What they're saying about Volution Borland Ted Shelton Senior Vice President of Business Development "Borland congratulates Caldera on the release of their Volution systems management solution. We firmly believe the availability of enterprise-ready applications like Caldera's Volution will lead to wider adoption for Linux, and we look forward to working with Caldera to make Linux a productive development and deployment environment." Computer Associates Allan Anderson Vice President Brand Management "CA and Caldera share a common goal to produce viable solutions for utilizing Linux in corporate environments. Through Unicenter TNG and Caldera's Volution companies can rest assured that a comprehensive enterprise management solution is readily available. We look forward to providing management solutions to our mutual customers." Georg-Simon-Ohm-University of Applied Sciences Nuernberg Thomas Ulrich System Administration "Caldera Volution currently is the only available management solution for Linux and perfectly fits our needs. Using the software distribution and other administration features (e.g. hardware-alerts), this product enables us to manage our large Linux computer pools -- doing so entirely Web-based and without the need to take care of every single system." Legend Computer, Ltd. Chen Weiqiang R&D Engineer "Caldera Volution is a practical product with extensive capabilities. A true network management tool, it gives administrators power over software distribution, hardware and software inventory, and system health monitoring. We see that it will effectively reduce the total cost of ownership for implementing Linux networks." Novell, Inc. Ed Anderson Director of Product Management, Net Directory business unit "The integration of eDirectory with Caldera Volution offers exceptional value and performance to customers seeking secure and flexible management of their Linux networks. As the world's most largely deployed directory service, eDirectory provides a solid foundation for eBusiness. With the ability to support all standard access protocols and to work across all leading operating systems, eDirectory is the only directory that can eliminate barriers between network resources, enabling the Internet, intranets and extranets to work together as one Net. Novell is pleased to partner with Caldera in delivering a secure, powerful and cost-effective tool for managing Linux networks." Caldera Systems, Inc. Caldera Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD) is a "Linux for Business" technology leader in developing and marketing successful Linux-based business solutions, including its award-winning OpenLinux, NetWare for Linux, Linux technical training, certification and support -- with free 30-day phone support and on-site consulting. Caldera OpenLearning Providers offer exceptional distribution-neutral Linux training and certification based on Linux Professional Institute (LPI(TM)) certification standards. Caldera Systems supports the open source community and is a leader in, and advocate of Linux Standard Base (LSB(TM)) and LPI(TM). Caldera, Inc. was co-founded in 1994 by Ransom Love. Caldera Systems, Inc. was founded by Ransom Love in 1998 to develop Linux-based business solutions. Based in Orem, UT, Caldera Systems has offices and 1000+ resellers worldwide. For more information, see www.calderasystems.com or in the US call 888-GO-Linux (888-465-4689). Caldera is a registered trademark of Caldera Systems, Inc. All other products, services, companies, events and publications are trademarks, registered trademarks or servicemarks of their respective owners in the U.S. and/or other countries. LINUX is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Forward Looking Statements The statements set forth above include forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company wishes to advise readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors include the failure of the products described above to operate as designed due to incompatibility with some platforms or other defects; our reliance on developers in the open source community; new and changing technologies and customer acceptance of those technologies; the Company's ability to compete effectively with other companies; failure of our brand to achieve the broad recognition necessary to succeed; unenforceability of the GNU general public license; our reliance on third party developers of components of our software offerings; claims of infringement of third-party intellectual property rights; and disruption in the Company's distribution sales channel. These and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially, are also discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent filings on Form 10-Q.
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