Office Depot Taps SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell to Reduce Information Technology Complexity and Control Costs

Dec 12, 2007, 00:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell today
 announced that Office Depot (NYSE:   ODP), a leading global provider of
 office products and services, has chosen SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server as
 a core operating platform for the company's global servers. The goal of the
 standardization is to reduce complexity and control costs while maintaining
 superior stability and performance for Office Depot's end-user
     "SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has been an excellent investment for
 Office Depot and is the cornerstone of our global Linux strategy," said Tim
 Toews, senior vice president and CIO of Office Depot. "As a global
 retailer, it is critical for Office Depot to partner with a vendor like
 Novell that can provide consistent enterprise-wide support."
     With customers in 43 countries, Office Depot has grown its global
 business both organically and through acquisitions. As a result, the
 company runs applications on a variety of platforms including Solaris*,
 Windows*, Linux*, z/OS and i5/OS*. To reduce complexity and control costs,
 the company selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to standardize its IT
 environment as much as possible. Moving to an open platform that runs on
 commodity hardware has helped Office Depot to continue to reduce its
 hardware, power and cooling costs. In addition, Office Depot has saved by
 moving some of its global ERP applications to run on SUSE Linux Enterprise
     Roger Levy, Novell senior vice president and general manager of Open
 Platform Solutions, said, "Office Depot is taking advantage of the
 flexibility of Linux, running several mission-critical workloads on SUSE
 Linux Enterprise Server, including databases, middleware and applications.
 Moving to SUSE Linux Enterprise has helped Office Depot maintain the
 security and stability necessary for a global business that operates around
 the clock."
     The next-generation platform for the open enterprise, SUSE Linux
 Enterprise is the best-engineered and most interoperable platform for
 mission-critical computing, from the desktop to the data center. For more
 information on SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings from Novell(R), visit For more on how customers around the globe are
 leveraging Novell solutions, visit
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the
 Open Enterprise. Novell is a leader in desktop to data center operating
 systems based on Linux and the software required to secure and manage mixed
 IT environments. Novell helps customers around the world minimize cost,
 complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation and growth. For
 more information, visit
     About Office Depot
     Office Depot provides more office products and services to more
 customers in more countries than any other company.
     Incorporated in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., Office
 Depot has annual sales of approximately $15.5 billion, and employs
 approximately 52,000 associates around the world. Currently, the Company
 sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 43 countries.
     Office Depot is a leader in every distribution channel -- from retail
 stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. As of September
 29, 2007, Office Depot had 1,212 retail stores in North America and another
 384 stores, either company-owned, licensed or franchised, in other parts of
 the world. Office Depot serves a wide range of customers through a
 dedicated sales force, telephone account managers, direct mail offerings,
 and multiple web sites. With $4.8 billion in online sales during the last
 twelve months, the Company is also one of the world's largest e-commerce
     Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange
 under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Additional press
 information can be found at:
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 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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