Novell and MySQL AB Expand Partnership for Leading Open Source Database Novell Offers Affordable Database Software and Support Services Through

'MySQL Network' Subscriptions

    SAN FRANCISCO, (LinuxWorld Conference & Expo), Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ --
 Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) and MySQL AB today announced an agreement to deliver
 enhanced, combined support for key components of the popular open source LAMP
 infrastructure stack. Under the reseller and joint-support agreement, the only
 accord of its kind between a Linux* vendor and MySQL AB, Novell will now offer
 subscriptions to the MySQL Network commercial database service directly to its
 customers. As a result, customers can now deploy a true enterprise-class open
 source foundation for their IT infrastructure with confidence.
     "As the largest social networking site on the Web, Friendster's 19 million
 registered users rely on a system that handles over one billion database
 queries a day," said Dave Kochbeck, director of technology at Friendster. "We
 have found MySQL running on SUSE(TM) Linux to be the ideal combination for us.
 With the availability of MySQL Network direct from Novell, many more customers
 will now benefit from affordable, enterprise-grade database technology backed
 by Novell's world-class support team."
     Launched in February, MySQL Network is a comprehensive,
 attractively-priced subscription offering that provides modern enterprises
 with everything they need to successfully develop and deploy scale-out
 database solutions with MySQL. It includes access to certified MySQL(R)
 software, updates and upgrades, proactive alerts and advisors, the online
 MySQL knowledgebase, and full production-level technical support.
     With more than 20 years experience as an enterprise software player with
 worldwide support operations, Novell has both the knowledge and capacity to
 deliver enterprise-class support to MySQL users. The agreement will enable the
 acceleration of enterprise adoption of MySQL, already the most popular open
 source database, with over 6 million active installations worldwide.
     "Our database customers have asked us to deliver a fully-tested and
 supported infrastructure working with top-tier platform providers such as
 Novell," said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. "By integrating MySQL Network
 with its premier technical support for operating systems and other application
 software, Novell is broadening its position as a leader in the open source
     "MySQL provides a robust, viable alternative to traditional offerings in
 the market," said David Patrick, vice president and general manager, Linux,
 Open Source Platforms and Services at Novell. "By delivering global support
 for MySQL, Novell can help customers lessen the complexity of working with
 multiple providers, reducing even further the total cost of ownership for the
     About MySQL
     MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high performance, affordable
 database products -- including MySQL Network, a comprehensive set of certified
 software and premium support services. The company's flagship product is
 MySQL, the world's most popular open source database, with more than 6 million
 active installations. Many of the world's largest organizations, including
 Yahoo!, Sabre Holdings, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA are realizing
 significant cost savings by using MySQL to power high-volume Web sites,
 business-critical enterprise applications and packaged software.
     With headquarters in Sweden and the United States -- and operations around
 the world -- MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate
 customers' needs in a profitable, sustainable business. For more information
 about MySQL, please visit
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services
 to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of
 experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's
 6,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are
 meeting customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux
 solutions. By providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial
 and open source software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and
 choice at a lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can
 be found at .
     NOTE:  MySQL is a registered trademark of MySQL AB in the USA and other
 countries. Novell is a registered trademark and SUSE is a trademark of Novell,
 Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Linux is a registered
 trademark of Linus Torvalds. All third-party trademarks are the property of
 their respective owners.

SOURCE Novell, Inc.

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