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Biscom and Novell Announce Enterprise-Wide, Directory-Enabled Fax Server

NDS-integrated Fax Management Solution Offers Easy, Web-based Administration and Enhanced End-user Functionality

SALT LAKE CITY (BrainShare 2000) | March 29, 2000

Biscom today announced it has jointly developed an enterprise-wide, directory-enabled fax management solution with Novell, Inc. Biscom FAXCOM fax servers offer tight integration with Novell Directory Services& (NDS), thus providing centralized management, reduced administrative costs, and enhanced end-user functionality. Biscom is exhibiting the NDS-enabled FAXCOM fax server this week in the Technology lab at Novell's Brainshare 2000 user conference.

"We are pleased to see closer cooperation between Novell and Biscom to integrate fax more tightly with directory services," said Mike Nelson, E-mail Administrator/Senior Support Specialist at Chiquita Brands. "The ability to administrate the FAXCOM fax server using NDS will reduce our management costs significantly."

NDS-enabling the FAXCOM fax servers provides reduced administrative costs and centralized management for organizations. FAXCOM fax servers can be administered using NDS management tools, such as NW Admin. This enables Novell administrators to manage and control multiple FAXCOM fax servers just as they would any other object in a directory tree. For example, a network administrator can assign a user or a group specific fax rules and capabilities from the familiar NW Admin management interface. This approach reduces cost of ownership by providing administrators with a single point of control to manage multiple fax servers distributed throughout the enterprise.

"Working together, Biscom and Novell have developed a next generation fax server that simplifies and automates the management of complex networks via a single point of administration, whether from the Web or the enterprise," said David Shirk, senior vice president of product management for Novell. "This product helps our mutual customers make overall business communication more efficient and simplify the complexities of doing business on their networks."

"Offering tight integration between our FAXCOM fax servers and Novell Directory Services provides our customers with reduced administrative costs," explains Chris MacKenzie, vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Biscom. "We are committed to work with Novell for continued integration with NDS, LDAP and open standards to provide directory-enabled fax messaging solutions to enterprise customers."

The new NDS-enabled FAXCOM solution will also leverage the benefits of the NDS login and authentication services. This will offer administrators the ability to not only administer all FAXCOM fax servers from one single point, but also make that location universal via a Web browser.

FAXCOM fax servers add reliable fax capabilities to existing transaction processing, workflow and unified messaging applications and simultaneously integrate with virtually every corporate computing system from LAN-based applications, to ERP applications, mainframes and other host-based applications.

Pricing and Availability

Biscom's NDS-enabled FAXCOM fax server software for NetWare will be available for order from Biscom beginning April 17, 2000. While the software can be combined with any FAXCOM system to support any number of users, FAXCOM for NetWare and a 100-user license of the two-line FAXCOM fax server begins at $9,995. This license pricing includes all required fax server hardware and software in a ready to run, complete solution. For further information, call 1-800-477-2472 (978-250-1800 outside of the U.S.) or send e-mail to

About Biscom

Founded in 1986, Biscom is widely recognized for its pioneering advances in the technology of enterprise fax management. FAXCOM fax servers operate on heterogeneous networks with a variety of operating systems, messaging applications, and ERP applications and simplify and control the process of sending and receiving faxes throughout the enterprise. Biscom provides end-to-end fax solutions that are reliable, scalable and flexible. Biscom's complete fax solutions offer on-site installation, T1 and PBX integration, 7x24 support, application consulting, and expert imaging, network and communications engineering support. Please visit for more information.

About BrainShare

Now in its 16th year, BrainShare will take place March 26-31, 2000 in Salt Lake City, Utah. More than 7,000 networking professionals and industry media and analysts will be among the first to hear the latest on Novell's Net services software strategy, see new technology demonstrations and have the chance to meet and interact directly with Novell engineers and other technologists.

The theme of this year's BrainShare, Novell's premier technical conference, is "bulk up your brain." Highlights of this year's conference include end-to-end training and education, over 250 technical sessions on the latest Net services software releases, sessions discussing future directions for Novell product lines, over 80 developer sessions and BrainShare's "Living Legends Hall"-sessions presented throughout the day by BrainShare's most popular speakers.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), 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. Net Services software gives IT organizations a way to adapt and accelerate their transformation to e-business, simplify the management and control of all networks, create a secure foundation for doing business on the Net, and help deliver a consistent and high-quality experience to end users in all locations. 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 (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at

Novell, NetWare, BrainShare, NDS and Novell Directory Services are registered trademarks or service marks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. FAXCOM is a registered trademark of Biscom. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Contacts

Gordon Evans
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: 408-967-6371

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