Novell Makes PolyServe Clustering Software the First Offering of Novell's New Data Center Initiative

Novell to Resell and Support PolyServe Matrix Server Worldwide

Feb 15, 2005, 00:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    BOSTON, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2005, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
 -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) and PolyServe today announced the two companies have
 reached an agreement under which Novell will resell and support PolyServe
 Matrix Server(TM) clustering software worldwide. PolyServe Matrix Server is
 Novell's first offering as part of its recently announced data center
 initiative (see Novell's separate announcement today).
     "PolyServe's track record of enabling successful Linux deployments and
 UNIX-to-Linux migrations as well as their excellent virtual storage software
 technology in Matrix Server are decisive competitive advantages for Novell,"
 said David Patrick, Novell's general manager of Linux, Open Source Platforms
 and Services. "We're delighted to be able to provide this advanced technology
 to our customers."
     Mike Stankey, CEO and chairman of PolyServe, said, "Novell's data center
 Linux initiative positions Novell as the unrivaled source for commercial-grade
 Linux in the enterprise data center. This is PolyServe's first key partnership
 of this magnitude with a major Linux supplier, and we're excited to play a key
 role with Novell in providing the single best Linux offering for corporate
 data centers."
     Leveraging the common code base of its SUSE(R) LINUX Enterprise Server,
 Novell is broadening its data center solutions to complete its portfolio of
 enterprise computing solutions which currently include workstation, workgroup
 and high-performance computing offerings. The data center is home to an
 enterprise's most vital applications and databases, and Novell's data center
 strategy centers on providing the crucial technology components to support
 moving mission-critical line-of-business applications such as enterprise
 resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and supply
 chain management (SCM) from UNIX to Linux.
     "With Novell SUSE LINUX and PolyServe Matrix Server, we have a platform
 for deploying our enterprise applications with improved reliability and
 scalability at a fraction of the cost of our previous UNIX systems," said
 Jonathan Cattle, technology and planning director for Close Premium Finance.
 "This partnership is exciting to us. It reinforces the commitment of these two
 companies in helping us meet the demanding cost and availability requirements
 of our data center."
     Under the terms of the agreement, Novell will offer PolyServe Matrix
 Server software and support to its customers worldwide as part of a
 comprehensive solution that encompasses the SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server and
 other products and services. Under the agreement, Novell customers using
 Matrix Server will be able to call Novell to resolve Linux and PolyServe
 support issues. The two companies will also cooperate on educating and
 training the Novell(R) direct sales team and business partners on PolyServe
 Matrix Server software. Customers already benefiting from joint
 Novell-PolyServe solution deployment include Westinghouse, Wells Fargo Bank,
 DuPont, U.S. Department of Defense, Burlington Coat Factory and Close Premium
     Novell and PolyServe will also work with major infrastructure vendors,
 such as Dell, HP, IBM, Oracle and SAP, to ensure interoperability and
 cross-vendor support for Linux and key virtual storage solutions in the data
 center. These efforts will be focused on providing customers with a reliable
 Linux platform for deploying mission-critical applications.
     About PolyServe Matrix Server
     PolyServe Matrix Server comprises a true symmetric cluster file system
 that enables scalable data sharing, high-availability services that increase
 system uptime, and cluster and storage management capabilities for managing
 servers and storage as one. Matrix Server delivers an unparalleled level of
 scalability, availability and manageability in support of database, file
 serving, e-mail and Web serving applications.
     About PolyServe
     PolyServe, Inc. is a leading developer of shared data clustering software
 for Linux and Microsoft Windows mission-critical data centers. The company's
 products reduce the cost and complexity associated with traditional clustering
 approaches, while offering superior scalability, availability and
 manageability. In addition to its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., PolyServe
 has a Microsoft development center in Redmond, Wash. It also has sales and
 support offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, London, Minneapolis, New
 York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. For more information about
 PolyServe, visit, or call 877-476-5973.
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver
 secure identity management (Novell Nsure(R)), Web application development
 (Novell exteNd(TM)) and cross-platform networking services (Novell
 Nterprise(TM)), all supported by strategic consulting and professional
 services (Novell Ngage(SM)). Active in the open source community with its
 Ximian(R) and SUSE LINUX brands, Novell provides a full range of Linux
 products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server.
 Novell's vision of one Net -- a world without information boundaries -- helps
 customers realize the value of their information securely and economically.
 For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at 888-321-4CRC
 (4272) or visit Press should visit
     NOTE:  PolyServe and Matrix Server are trademarks of PolyServe, Inc.
     Novell, Nsure and Ximian are registered trademarks; exteNd and Nterprise
 are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United
 States and other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark of SUSE LINUX AG, a
 Novell business. *All third-party trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.

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