Open-Xchange Inc. Agrees to Bundle and Resell Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server; Joins Novell's Technology Partner Program Preferred Novell ISV and OEM Supplier Opens Door to Support of Other

Distributions, Simplifies and Clarifies Novell/Open-Xchange Relationship



    TARRYTOWN, N.Y., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Open-Xchange Inc., maker of the
 world's leading open source collaboration server, today announced that it has
 signed an agreement with Novell to begin selling SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server
 bundled with its Open-Xchange (OX) Server. Open-Xchange also enters Novell's
 Technology Partner Program and will receive selling, marketing and development
 support. Open-Xchange's technology serves as the engine behind Novell's award-
 winning SUSE LINUX Openexchange Server.
     This agreement clarifies the relationship between the two open source
 partners, and allows Open-Xchange to offer OX for distributions beyond Novell.
     "When we released our first stand-alone commercial product, Open-Xchange
 5, last month, we predicted a fair amount of traction, but we have been
 overwhelmed by the hundreds of customers and hundreds of partners who have now
 become part of the Open-Xchange ecosystem," said Frank Hoberg, CEO,
 Open-Xchange Inc. "By decoupling Open-Xchange from a single distribution,
 customers get greater flexibility and true open-source choices -- while still
 enabling us to support and upgrade existing SUSE LINUX Openexchange customers.
 SUSE and Novell have been strong supporters and partners of Open-Xchange and
 we see this change as a further strengthening of those bonds."
     "Open-Xchange's agreement to offer SUSE Linux Enterprise to its customers
 and partners clearly demonstrates their commitment to Novell," said Petra
 Heinrich, vice president of Partner Programs. "In addition, through Novell's
 technology Partner Program, Novell will continue to support Open-Xchange Inc.
 in go to market activities."
     OX 5 maintenance and support includes migration tools for existing SUSE
 LINUX Openexchange customers, and exclusively will be provided by Open-Xchange
 Inc. and its worldwide partner network. In the last two months more than 120
 partners joined the Open-Xchange partner network -- from small partners
 providing services for the small business market to global system integrators
 and ISVs (independent software vendors).
     Open-Xchange enables easy migration and integration to an open source
 environment -- allowing IT administrators to create and implement killer-apps
 without changing existing infrastructure components, i.e. databases, directory
 services, message transfer agents, e-mail servers or web-servers.
     "Users of open source server components are accustomed to a high level of
 freedom from entanglements, of setting their own course and timetable --
 rather than being dependent on a vendor's whim," said Dana Gardner, principal
 analyst, Interarbor Solutions. "With this announcement, Open-Xchange is
 furthering its high level of independence, and is clarifying the boundaries in
 the open source collaboration product space."
     Because Open-Xchange easily integrates into complex heterogeneous
 environments, businesses can implement an open source strategy using
 Open-Xchange Server on the back end -- while continuing to use proprietary
 clients like Outlook on the front end. The company gets all the benefits of
 open source without disrupting end users.
 
     About Open-Xchange Inc.
     Based in Tarrytown, NY, Open-Xchange Inc. ( http://www.Openexchange.com )
 is the world's leading Linux-based groupware, collaboration, and messaging
 provider. Open-Xchange's flagship product, Open-Xchange Server, comes in a
 free open source version, OX 0.8, and a commercial version, Open-Xchange 5.0.
 Olpe, Germany-based Netline Internet Service has been developing java-based,
 three-tier web applications since 1996 and continues to be the contract
 developer of Open-Xchange. Netline also provides the core collaboration engine
 for SUSE LINUX Open-Xchange Server. Netline is also a licensed reseller of
 Open-Xchange Inc.
 
 

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