Novell Announces Worldwide Availability of Only Linux-Based, Cross-Platform Systems Management Suite

Newest Version of Award-Winning Suite Enables Organizations to Ensure Security

and Compliance and Reduce Management Costs

Aug 22, 2005, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL)
 today announced the worldwide availability of Novell(R) ZENworks(R) 7 Suite,
 the first systems management solution that automates the complete lifecycle of
 Linux* systems and allows organizations to manage their Windows* workstations
 from a Linux platform. Novell ZENworks automates and enforces business and IT
 management processes across the lifecycle of desktops, laptops, servers and
 handheld devices. As a result, organizations can control costs, ensure
 security and compliance and get the most from their IT asset investments.
     "We recently implemented Novell ZENworks because of Novell's direction
 with Linux and have already realized simplified management and deployment of
 our desktops," said Richard Kebo, manager of network services for Clovis
 Unified School District. "We are excited about ZENworks 7 to manage our
 Windows and Linux systems and automate our migration to Novell Linux Desktop."
     A recent report from IDC** shows one customer that is benefiting from
 using ZENworks Linux Management by simplifying the management tasks, requiring
 technical staff to spend less time on routine resource management. Today, the
 same task using ZENworks takes less than one hour, representing a savings of
 87.5 percent in deployment time alone. The report also re-validated the
 analyst firm's findings that ZENworks provides an average thee-year return on
 investment (ROI) of 1,012 percent with a payback time of less than 100 days.
 In addition, the companies surveyed reduced downtime by an average of
 73 percent.
     The ability to manage Windows workstations from a Linux server allows
 customers to leverage the flexibility, power, security and scalability of
 Linux and provide organizations with an efficient, low-cost alternative to
 managing systems from a Windows server. Full lifecycle management capabilities
 for Linux enable organizations to quickly and easily deploy and manage Linux
 in their IT environment, lowering their total cost of IT operations.
     "Businesses today face the challenge of managing a dynamic and diverse
 enterprise that includes multiple platforms and a mobile workforce," said
 Fred Broussard, IDC research manager. "When this is compounded by risks from
 outside threats such as viruses or software audits, IT departments are under
 increasing pressure to mitigate the risks. Solutions such as ZENworks make it
 easier for organizations to manage complex enterprises and reduce their
 overhead by automating the management of their IT resources."
     David Litwack, Novell senior vice president and general manager, identity
 and resource management, said, "Organizations all over the world are
 recognizing that IT environments continue to evolve. By extending our market
 leading management capabilities to the Linux platform we can provide
 organizations the tools they need to live in a heterogeneous IT world."
     More information about Novell ZENworks 7 can be found at .
     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:  Novell and ZENworks are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries. SUSE is a trademark of SUSE LINUX
 Products GmbH, a Novell business. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus
 Torvalds. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All
 other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
     ** "Managing Linux Operational Costs," Fred Broussard and Al Gillen, July

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