German Universities Tap Novell for Infrastructure Needs

Forty percent of German university students now have access to Linux and

management solutions from Novell

Aug 28, 2007, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell today announced that
 state universities across the Federal State of North Rhine Westphalia in
 Germany have selected Novell for their critical IT infrastructure systems.
 The agreement will give 560,000 students and employees across 33
 universities access to key enterprise management and Linux* services from
 Novell, including SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Desktop. As a result, the
 universities of North Rhine Westphalia gain a powerful, yet flexible new
 infrastructure while benefiting from the lower costs and freedom of choice
 of Linux. Novell's offerings help the state universities of North Rhine
 Westphalia realize high cost savings, while at the same time benefiting
 from increased security and flexibility.
     Educational institutes are facing many challenges today. The growing
 number of students, the increasing demand for real-time information, and
 tight budgets demand a scalable, flexible and cost-efficient IT
 infrastructure. At the same time, universities want to avoid vendor
 lock-in. After a comprehensive assessment, the universities of North Rhine
 Westphalia decided to leverage Novell(R) technology across the federal
 state. Novell was selected as a partner for its ideal combination of
 state-of-the-art technology, understanding of educational needs, and strong
 value. The decision-making process was coordinated by the leadership of
 Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf.
     Novell is working closely with each of the universities of North Rhine
 Westphalia to customize solutions to meet their individual needs. The
 comprehensive deal covers a wide range of Linux and enterprise management
 technologies from Novell, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, SUSE
 Linux Enterprise Desktop, Novell Open Enterprise Server, Novell Identity
 Manager and Novell ZENworks(R). To date, 10 universities have already
 developed plans to implement Identity Manager to manage student, faculty
 and employee identities. Thirteen universities will use Novell ZENworks to
 manage their complex heterogeneous IT infrastructures, while nine
 universities are implementing Novell GroupWise(R) for collaboration. On the
 Linux front, 15 universities to date have committed to deploying SUSE Linux
 Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.
     Novell and the universities of North Rhine Westphalia are promoting the
 use of Linux desktops by allowing staff and students to use SUSE Linux
 Enterprise Desktop 10 on their personal computers so they can test the
 benefits of Linux. Other German state government entities are also tapping
 Novell for infrastructure needs. Novell already has similar state-wide
 agreements with universities in the Federal States of Thuringia and
     "We've had great success in the German university system, already
 supporting some 300,000 students in Bavaria and Thuringia with our
 infrastructure solutions," said Volker Smid, president of Novell EMEA.
 "With the addition of North Rhine Westphalia, more than 40 percent of all
 university students in Germany will be using Novell software. This is great
 validation of the powerful advantages open source can bring to large
     For more information on Novell's technology offerings, visit For information on Novell's solutions for
 the academic sector, please visit
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the
 Open Enterprise. Novell is a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems
 based on Linux and open source and provides the enterprise management
 services required to operate mixed IT environments. Novell helps customers
 minimize cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation
 and growth. For more information, visit
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