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Novell Named 2011 CRN Channel Champion in Network Security Software Novell honored as Overall Winner and recognized for Technical Satisfaction and Support Satisfaction

WALTHAM, Mass., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell was named an Overall Winner of the 2011 CRN Channel Champion awards in the category of Network Security Software and sub-categories of Technical Satisfaction and Support Satisfaction. Novell received the award at a ceremony in Orlando, FL on March 8, 2011 at the XChange Solution Provider conference. The CRN Channel Champions are awarded in 25 technology categories and are based on surveys conducted with top solution providers. Novell was recognized for delivering exceptional security products to partners including, Novell® Access Manager™, Novell Sentinel™ and Sentinel Log Manager and Novell ZENworks® Endpoint Security Management.

The CRN Channel Champions study measures overall solution provider perceptions of vendor products and services. Solution providers were asked to evaluate the importance of partner technology, support and financial criteria in the channel. They were then asked to rate vendor performance in these areas, based on their perceived importance. CRN Channel Champion awards are based on these survey results. Awards are distributed in 25 technology fields and in four categories – technical satisfaction, support satisfaction, financial factors and overall champion.

"We are honored to be recognized by CRN as a leading channel vendor in the competitive Network Security category," said John Dragoon, senior vice president, chief marketing officer and channel chief at Novell. "We are especially proud of this award since the voting was done by solution providers. Novell provides partners with superior support and enables end users to cost-effectively manage and secure complex IT environments. Our customers benefit from our partners' outstanding IT and industry-leading skills and the excellence of Novell's security portfolio of solutions."

Kelley Damore, Vice President and Executive Editor at CRN, said, "The Channel Champions award recognizes the most innovative, reliable and channel-friendly vendors, as voted on by solution providers. These awards recognize vendors whose technical innovation and product quality has surpassed the competition, helping to drive increased revenue for their channel partners. This survey is an essential resource for the Channel community. We congratulate these leading technology vendors on this recognition."

The list of Channel Champions award winners and the related study will be published in the April 25, 2011 issue of CRN magazine and online at www.crn.com.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL), a leader in intelligent workload management, helps organizations securely deliver and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. We help customers reduce the cost, complexity and risk associated with their IT systems through our solutions for identity and security, systems management, collaboration and Linux*-based operating platforms. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit www.novell.com.

About Everything Channel

Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/everythingchnl.

About United Business Media Limited

UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com.

Copyright © 2011 Novell, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Novell, the Novell logo, the N logo, and ZENworks are registered trademarks and Access Manager and Sentinel are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries.  *All third party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Novell, Inc.



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