Novell's eDirectory the First Directory to Achieve SunTone(TM) Certification

* eDirectory demonstrates superior levels of reliability and quality on

the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment (OE)

* Another cross-platform milestone for the only directory on the market

that runs across NetWare, Solaris OE, Windows 2000/NT, Linux, Compaq

Tru64 UNIX and very soon, IBM AIX

* Novell's cross-platform support allows customers to dramatically reduce

the cost of administering mixed networks



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    PROVO, Utah, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Novell, Inc., (Nasdaq:   NOVL), the leading provider of Net services software,
 today announced that the company's cross-platform directory, Novell(R) NDS(R)
 eDirectory(TM), is the first directory to complete SunTone(TM) Program
 Certification.  This certification means that eDirectory has passed rigorous
 evaluation and demonstrated superior levels of reliability and quality on the
 Sun(TM) platform.  Obtaining certification under the SunTone program is
 another cross-platform milestone for the only directory on the market that
 runs across all leading operating systems, including NetWare(R), Solaris OE,
 Windows* 2000/NT, Linux*, Compaq Tru64* UNIX* and very soon, IBM AIX*.  This
 broad cross-platform support allows customers to dramatically reduce the cost
 of administering their mixed networks and get the most out of their existing
 technology investments.
     "As the first directory to complete the SunTone Certification Program,
 Novell's eDirectory has proven to be an ideal service for the Solaris
 Operating Environment, adding features such as identity management and Web
 personalization to the Sun platform," said Blake Modersitzki, Novell vice
 president of strategic relationships.  "The SunTone Program Certification, as
 well as eDirectory's demonstrated ability to support more than one billion
 objects on a single Solaris server, establishes eDirectory as a solid,
 reliable and key infrastructure component for the demanding service provider
 market, where Solaris OE dominates."
     Sun instituted the SunTone Certification and Branding Program in May
 1999 to provide customers of Web-based services, applications and integrator
 services with a way to identify suppliers who meet defined high standards for
 providing quality service over the Internet.  "For Exenet, eDirectory is a
 high-performance platform used to integrate all the eBusiness services we
 offer to our customers, many of whom are service providers themselves," said
 Jorge Labrada, vice president of Engineering with Exenet, an Application
 Infrastructure Provider based in New York City.  "Today we are delivering that
 directory technology to customers using the Solaris Operating Environment
 through LDAP standards -- giving those customers a very stable, secure and
 scalable operating environment.  The SunTone Program Certification of
 eDirectory is yet another validation of Exenet's decision to not only stake
 our business on the Novell eDirectory platform, but to confidently extend that
 platform to all leading operating systems, including Solaris OE."
     To achieve the SunTone Program Certification, eDirectory underwent a
 rigorous evaluation process to ensure the software met requirements addressing
 scalability, availability, security, and management practices, optimized and
 tuned to run on the SunTone architecture.  According to Peter Young, vice
 president of Market Development and Engineering for Sun Microsystems, Inc.,
 "By completing the SunTone Certification process, Novell has garnered a widely
 recognized 'seal of approval' for its eDirectory technology, demonstrating the
 product has met the high standards of quality necessary for deployment within
 a service provider environment.  With its identity management and Web
 personalization features, Novell NDS eDirectory is an ideal complement to the
 Solaris Operating Environment."
 
     About eDirectory
     Novell's eDirectory remains the only directory on the market to work on
 all leading operating systems, which significantly simplifies the complexities
 of managing users, identities and resources in mixed environments.  The
 reliability and extreme scalability of eDirectory makes it a powerful addition
 to many of Sun's Solaris OE deployments.  Customers such as Toyota and Freddie
 Mac have deployed eDirectory, DirXML(TM) and other Net services software on
 the Solaris platform to enable them to integrate disparate business systems
 and securely extend those systems to internal and external users -- while
 still lowering administrative overhead.
 
     About the SunTone Certification and Branding Program
     Launched in May 1999, the SunTone Certification and Branding Program is a
 collaborative effort with industry-wide support, led by Sun Microsystems, to
 make 7-by-24 service and reliability the norm for consumer and business
 Internet-based services.  Under the program, application service providers,
 service providers and integrator service providers complete a rigorous
 specification process which examines the infrastructure, operational
 practices, hardware, software and overall service delivery of service
 providers and application service providers to help ensure that the services
 or applications they provide meet the program's high standards.  The SunTone
 Certification Program is designed to give customers the confidence that the
 service provider's operations and infrastructure have been evaluated and
 judged to be reliable and high quality.  The SunTone Certification and
 Branding Program currently has more than 1,400 member service providers,
 independent software vendors and network equipment providers working with Sun
 and over 90 SunTone-certified solutions available to meet a variety of
 business needs.
 
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc., is a leading provider of Net services software that delivers
 services to secure and power all types of networks -- the Internet, intranets,
 and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public-across leading
 operating systems.  Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for
 one Net -- a single global network that supports new applications and forms of
 business.  Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support
 programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software
 with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.
 
     For information on Novell's complete range of products and services,
 contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (801) 861-4272, or visit Novell's
 Web site at http://www.novell.com . Press may access Novell announcements and
 company information on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com/pressroom.
 In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive
 offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at
 http://www.novell.com/competitive .
 
     Novell, NetWare and NDS are registered trademarks and eDirectory and
 DirXML are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and in other
 countries.  *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
     Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris and SunTone are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other
 countries.
 
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SOURCE Novell, Inc.
    PROVO, Utah, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Novell, Inc., (Nasdaq:   NOVL), the leading provider of Net services software,
 today announced that the company's cross-platform directory, Novell(R) NDS(R)
 eDirectory(TM), is the first directory to complete SunTone(TM) Program
 Certification.  This certification means that eDirectory has passed rigorous
 evaluation and demonstrated superior levels of reliability and quality on the
 Sun(TM) platform.  Obtaining certification under the SunTone program is
 another cross-platform milestone for the only directory on the market that
 runs across all leading operating systems, including NetWare(R), Solaris OE,
 Windows* 2000/NT, Linux*, Compaq Tru64* UNIX* and very soon, IBM AIX*.  This
 broad cross-platform support allows customers to dramatically reduce the cost
 of administering their mixed networks and get the most out of their existing
 technology investments.
     "As the first directory to complete the SunTone Certification Program,
 Novell's eDirectory has proven to be an ideal service for the Solaris
 Operating Environment, adding features such as identity management and Web
 personalization to the Sun platform," said Blake Modersitzki, Novell vice
 president of strategic relationships.  "The SunTone Program Certification, as
 well as eDirectory's demonstrated ability to support more than one billion
 objects on a single Solaris server, establishes eDirectory as a solid,
 reliable and key infrastructure component for the demanding service provider
 market, where Solaris OE dominates."
     Sun instituted the SunTone Certification and Branding Program in May
 1999 to provide customers of Web-based services, applications and integrator
 services with a way to identify suppliers who meet defined high standards for
 providing quality service over the Internet.  "For Exenet, eDirectory is a
 high-performance platform used to integrate all the eBusiness services we
 offer to our customers, many of whom are service providers themselves," said
 Jorge Labrada, vice president of Engineering with Exenet, an Application
 Infrastructure Provider based in New York City.  "Today we are delivering that
 directory technology to customers using the Solaris Operating Environment
 through LDAP standards -- giving those customers a very stable, secure and
 scalable operating environment.  The SunTone Program Certification of
 eDirectory is yet another validation of Exenet's decision to not only stake
 our business on the Novell eDirectory platform, but to confidently extend that
 platform to all leading operating systems, including Solaris OE."
     To achieve the SunTone Program Certification, eDirectory underwent a
 rigorous evaluation process to ensure the software met requirements addressing
 scalability, availability, security, and management practices, optimized and
 tuned to run on the SunTone architecture.  According to Peter Young, vice
 president of Market Development and Engineering for Sun Microsystems, Inc.,
 "By completing the SunTone Certification process, Novell has garnered a widely
 recognized 'seal of approval' for its eDirectory technology, demonstrating the
 product has met the high standards of quality necessary for deployment within
 a service provider environment.  With its identity management and Web
 personalization features, Novell NDS eDirectory is an ideal complement to the
 Solaris Operating Environment."
 
     About eDirectory
     Novell's eDirectory remains the only directory on the market to work on
 all leading operating systems, which significantly simplifies the complexities
 of managing users, identities and resources in mixed environments.  The
 reliability and extreme scalability of eDirectory makes it a powerful addition
 to many of Sun's Solaris OE deployments.  Customers such as Toyota and Freddie
 Mac have deployed eDirectory, DirXML(TM) and other Net services software on
 the Solaris platform to enable them to integrate disparate business systems
 and securely extend those systems to internal and external users -- while
 still lowering administrative overhead.
 
     About the SunTone Certification and Branding Program
     Launched in May 1999, the SunTone Certification and Branding Program is a
 collaborative effort with industry-wide support, led by Sun Microsystems, to
 make 7-by-24 service and reliability the norm for consumer and business
 Internet-based services.  Under the program, application service providers,
 service providers and integrator service providers complete a rigorous
 specification process which examines the infrastructure, operational
 practices, hardware, software and overall service delivery of service
 providers and application service providers to help ensure that the services
 or applications they provide meet the program's high standards.  The SunTone
 Certification Program is designed to give customers the confidence that the
 service provider's operations and infrastructure have been evaluated and
 judged to be reliable and high quality.  The SunTone Certification and
 Branding Program currently has more than 1,400 member service providers,
 independent software vendors and network equipment providers working with Sun
 and over 90 SunTone-certified solutions available to meet a variety of
 business needs.
 
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc., is a leading provider of Net services software that delivers
 services to secure and power all types of networks -- the Internet, intranets,
 and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public-across leading
 operating systems.  Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for
 one Net -- a single global network that supports new applications and forms of
 business.  Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support
 programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software
 with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.
 
     For information on Novell's complete range of products and services,
 contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (801) 861-4272, or visit Novell's
 Web site at http://www.novell.com . Press may access Novell announcements and
 company information on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com/pressroom.
 In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive
 offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at
 http://www.novell.com/competitive .
 
     Novell, NetWare and NDS are registered trademarks and eDirectory and
 DirXML are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and in other
 countries.  *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners.
 
     Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris and SunTone are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other
 countries.
 
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