Rackspace Taps Novell to Manage Multiple Linux Operating Systems in Enterprise Hosting Environment

Fastest-Growing Enterprise Hosting Company Leverages Novell's Linux Management

Solution for Centralized Server Management and Automated Patching

Jul 18, 2005, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) today
 announced Rackspace Managed Hosting has selected Novell(R) ZENworks(R) Linux
 Management software to administer its new enterprise Linux* hosting solution.
 Additionally, with the launch of Rackspace Red Label*, the company now offers
 its enterprise hosting solution on SUSETM LINUX Enterprise Server, among other
 Linux distributions. Because ZENworks can manage multiple platforms, Rackspace
 deployed the solution to gain improved management capabilities and the freedom
 to deploy multiple Linux platforms. As a result, employee productivity is
 improved and operating costs are lowered.
     "For a managed hosting business, our most significant costs come in
 management, much more than in initial technology acquisition," said Paul
 Froutan, vice president of product development, Rackspace Managed Hosting.
 "Novell provides a management solution that manages multiple Linux
 distributions. Tapping Novell to manage our Linux servers gives us flexibility
 to deploy what we want, when we want, as well as lowering our costs of
     For Rackspace Red Label, Novell centrally handles software updates, new
 installs and removals from any number of Linux systems. This capability is
 critical for Linux systems, since open source software is released on a
 frequent schedule. Novell ZENworks works with all of Novell's Linux offerings,
 from server to desktop, as well as with Red Hat* Enterprise Server, meaning
 Rackspace can add Novell Linux solutions to their network without increasing
 management overhead.
     "Rackspace's decision to manage its Linux environment with Novell
 illustrates one of Novell's unique strengths in the management space -- our
 ability to help customers with multiple platforms," said David Litwack, senior
 vice president and general manager of Identity Services for Novell. "Very few
 companies have single platform environments today. Novell gives customers the
 flexibility to choose tools that work best for them."
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services
 to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of
 experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000
 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting
 customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By
 providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source
 software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a
 lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at
 http://www.novell.com .
     NOTE:  Novell and ZENworks are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries. SUSE is a trademark of SUSE LINUX
 Products GmbH, a Novell business. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus
 Torvalds. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective

SOURCE Novell, Inc.