Novell Delivers Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise Built With Mixed Source Software and Systems From IBM

With More Than 700 Orders Worldwide to Date, Solution Brings Flexibility

and Low Cost of Linux Into Windows Environments for File, Print, Database

and Web Applications

Oct 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL)
 today announced the global availability of the Integrated Stack for SUSE(R)
 Linux Enterprise, a software bundle that combines SUSE Linux Enterprise
 Server from Novell(R) with a mixture of open and private source software
 from IBM, tailored for IBM* systems. With more than 700 orders worldwide to
 date and growing, it is ideal for small and medium businesses for serving
 file and print, Web application, and database functionality for IBM System
 x* and BladeCenter* servers. The Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise
 gives organizations using Microsoft* Windows* greater choice and
 flexibility in their IT infrastructure as well as enhanced security,
 reliability and performance, all at a fraction of the cost of alternative
     "With this integrated solution, customers can rapidly deploy a platform
 for databases and running custom-built applications," said Roger Levy, vice
 president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions for Novell. "The
 new Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise lets customers bring the
 flexibility of Linux* into their IT environment and quickly reduce costs.
 Because of the inherent interoperability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server,
 customers can simply and seamlessly plug the Integrated Stack for SUSE
 Linux Enterprise into their existing infrastructure, including a Windows
 environment. Novell continues to give customers options to save money and
 improve performance with SUSE Linux Enterprise."
     Jeff Smith, IBM vice president of Open Source and Linux Middleware,
 said, "The Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise uses software and
 systems from IBM to let small and medium businesses run Web, database, file
 and print servers more cost effectively. This secure mixed source software
 stack, integrated and pre-installed by channel partners, offers SMBs the
 flexibility to choose the components they'd like to deploy while making it
 easier to integrate Linux servers into Windows environments."
     Integrated Solutions
     The Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise adds to Novell's rich
 history of innovative workgroup solutions and is further evidence of
 Novell's commitment to providing alternative network management frameworks
 to suit the varying needs of different customers. The Integrated Stack for
 SUSE Linux Enterprise is built using open standards and the best
 combination of mixed source software from two software industry leaders. In
 comparison, the recently launched Red Hat* Application Stack offers a pure
 open source solution at a higher price point with less functionality and
 limited Windows integration.
     The Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise includes proven,
 enterprise-quality mixed source software components, all fully integrated
 with a range of enterprise-standard IBM Systems. Components of the solution
     *SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell
     *IBM WebSphere* Application Server Community Edition
     *IBM DB2* Express-C
     *Centeris* Likewise* Management Suite
     The software stack is optimized to run on IBM System x or BladeCenter
 server hardware.
     David Richards, CEO of Centric CRM, said, "The Integrated Stack for
 SUSE Linux Enterprise provides an ideal application platform for our open
 source CRM customers. Great for medium-sized customers, the capabilities of
 this solution easily extend as businesses grow. This sort of performance is
 only possible because the Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise brings
 together best-of-breed components at every level of the stack, from
 hardware through the operating system through the middleware."
     Pricing and Availability
     The Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise is now available from
 Novell and IBM. Costs vary depending on IBM hardware selected, but the
 software subscription cost for the first year is $349. For more
 information, visit and
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more
 than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage,
 simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging
 best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With more than 20 years of
 experience, 4,700 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the
 world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating
 environments while reducing costs. More information about Novell can be
 found at .
     About IBM
     For more information about IBM, please visit .
     NOTE: Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks and Software for the
 Open Enterprise is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All
 other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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