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NOVELL AND AKAMAI ENTER INTO BROAD STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO ACCELERATE CONTENT DELIVERY ON THE WEB

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the foremost provider of global, high-performance services for the delivery of Internet content, streaming media, and applications, today announced a broad strategic alliance to enhance the delivery of Web content for mutual customers.

Provo, UT and Cambridge, MA | October 9, 2000

  • Companies to integrate Novell Internet Caching System and Novell Content Exchange with the ability to dynamically Akamaize content
  • Novell and Akamai to offer combined services to customer-base

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the foremost provider of global, high-performance services for the delivery of Internet content, streaming media, and applications, today announced a broad strategic alliance to enhance the delivery of Web content for mutual customers. As part of the agreement, Novell will integrate AkamaizerSM functionality into the Novell® Internet Caching System  (ICS) and Novell Content Exchange solutions. Leveraging Akamai's vast global content delivery network, Novell will provide Web content acceleration through its best-of-breed caching solutions to Akamai's network of more than 4,200 servers worldwide. The combination of Novell's ability to accelerate web servers, with Akamai's acceleration of content to the end user, is expected to increase adoption of the Akamai network for content delivery.

As part of the alliance, Novell will also offer Akamai's FreeFlowSM and FreeFlowSM Streaming services to its customers for the fast, reliable delivery of rich, multimedia content, while Akamai will offer the integrated Akamai/Novell solutions to its customers.

"By bringing our technology together with Akamai's FreeFlow service, we are offering a comprehensive and extremely efficient solution for customers to adopt global content distribution," said Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Novell. "This combined solution creates a content acceleration network from the first foot to the edge of the Internet."

"The advantages of high-speed, reliable content delivery are critical for enterprises seeking to increase customer satisfaction and retention," said George Conrades, Chief Executive Officer, Akamai. "With its product and service offerings, Novell provides a compelling option for content providers to leverage Akamai's network. Through our relationship, enterprises will be better equipped to realize the potential of the Internet as a reliable, efficient eBusiness tool."

Novell/Akamai Technologies - Improving the Speed and Efficiency with Which Internet Content is Delivered
The Novell Internet Caching System is a scalable caching appliance that improves the speed and efficiency with which Internet content is delivered. Novell ICS, working with the Akamaizer software, will enhance the process of transferring and delivering content via Akamai's global content delivery network. The Novell Internet Caching System is distributed exclusively through Novell's OEM partners. For more information regarding pricing and availability of OEM vendors' Novell ICS-based appliances, visit www.novell.com/products/ics/howtobuy.html.

In addition, Novell Content Exchange, a Web-server acceleration service, will leverage the Akamaizer software to seamlessly direct traffic to Akamai's network for enhanced Web performance.

The Akamaizer software automates the process through which embedded URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) are translated into ARLs (Akamai Resource Locators). When a request for Web content is made, the "Akamaization" process is triggered and the HTML content with embedded ARLs is delivered. The Web browser then automatically requests the Akamaized content and is dynamically directed to the optimal Akamai server.

Akamai's core technology analyzes real-time Internet conditions to deliver all forms of content through the most efficient route on the Internet, reaching end users with measurably greater speed and reliability.

About Akamai
Akamai is the foremost provider of global, high performance services for the delivery of Internet content, streaming media and applications, serving over 2,100 customers. Akamai has the broadest deployment of servers for content, streaming media, and applications delivery with more than 4,200 servers in 50 countries directly connected to 225 different telecommunications networks. Akamai (pronounced AH kuh my) is Hawaiian for intelligent, clever and cool.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the 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.

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Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the dependence on Akamai's Internet content delivery service, a failure of its network infrastructure, the complexity of its service and the networks on which the service is deployed, the failure to obtain access to transmission capacity and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.

Novell is a registered trademark and the Novell Internet Caching System is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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