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Novell Delivers NDS eDirectory for Windows 2000

Continues Strategic Push to Provide NDS eDirectory Across All Leading Platform

PROVO, Utah | March 8, 2000

  • NDS eDirectory offers integrated management for existing and future Windows platforms
  • Customers purchasing Windows 2000 can obtain a free 100-user license of NDS eDirectory
  • New Net services software for managing Microsoft Active Directory environments with NDS eDirectory currently in beta-testing

Novell, Inc. today announced immediate availability of NDS eDirectory for Windows 2000*, Net services software that enables organizations using Microsoft software to simplify and accelerate their transformation to e-business. Integrated access to NDS eDirectory offers organizations using Windows 2000 significant new advantages, including the ability to extend the reach of their existing network to employees, customers and supply-chain partners across the Internet. Novell is offering a free 100-user license for NDS eDirectory to customers purchasing Windows 2000 before May 18. Additionally, Novell is beta testing a new Net services software product for managing Windows 2000 Server and Active Directory* environments with NDS eDirectory, and plans to ship the software later this year.

NDS eDirectory for Windows 2000 enables users to consolidate the use, management and control of resources both inside and outside the firewall, while Microsoft Active Directory provides directory support for managing Windows users and groups specific to Windows 2000 only.

Through its use of Internet standards, NDS eDirectory is tailored for dot-com environments. NDS eDirectory simplifies e-business by providing a cross-platform infrastructure able to scale for high-volume Internet services. By linking all existing directories and underlying platforms in a network and managing them from one central location, NDS eDirectory simplifies network management and reduces cost. NDS eDirectory is a full-service directory that will allow customers to integrate their existing mix of Unix*, NetWare, Windows 2000 and Windows NT* servers and clients under a single directory structure.

"We depend on Novell's eDirectory to deliver the level of reliability, performance and security that we need to interconnect our network with the Internet as well as with our trading partners and vendors," said Bill Raper, vice president and chief information officer of Sunshine Mortgage Corporation. "Novell's eDirectory is tried and tested and is helping us achieve increased revenues and cost savings. Extending these benefits to other platforms, including Windows 2000, shows Novell's commitment to providing the net services software that enables e-business and simplifies management across heterogeneous networks."

"eDirectory for Windows 2000 is another step forward in our commitment to provide the richest Net services software across all types of networks and all leading operating systems," said Dave Shirk, Novell's senior vice president of product management. "With eDirectory now able to span NetWare, Solaris, Windows NT and Windows 2000, and with support for Linux and True 64 to follow this year, we're giving customers the support they need to speed their evolution to a true e-business environment."

Forthcoming Active Directory Synchronization

For customers who choose to use Active Directory for managing user accounts in Windows applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Novell is currently beta-testing software that extends the profile information of Windows 2000 users and groups to Internet applications. NDS eDirectory will be able to manage all the directories and data in a customer's network and give administrators a single interface for common directory tasks such as creating and deleting users, and will add high-demand features such as password synchronization. Anticipated availability date is summer of this year.

Free 100-user License of NDS eDirectory Available to Windows 2000 users

A free 100-user license of NDS eDirectory, is available today for download on Novell's Web site to customers who purchase Microsoft Windows 2000 within 90 days of its release. For ISVs and developers, Novell is offering a free 100-user license copy of eDirectory aimed to foster development of directory-enabled applications and services. Customers who are currently using a competing directory service can get matching user licenses for NDS eDirectory at no charge.

Pricing and Availability

Licenses for NDS eDirectory for Windows 2000 are available today for $2 USD per user. [EA1]Licenses can be purchased from an authorized Novell reseller or by contacting Novell directly at (888) 321-4272 or http://www.shopnovell.com.

About NDS eDirectory

NDS eDirectory is a stand-alone, cross-platform LDAP directory service that powers e-businesses in real-world Internet environments. NDS eDirectory enables companies that are serious about Internet business to build and manage secure and customized relationships with customers and partners. KeyLabs Inc., an independent testing site and registered Microsoft* Certified Solution Partner, found that NDS eDirectory outperformed both Microsoft Active Directory and iPlanet* (formerly Netscape) Directory Server in real-world environments, simulating common directory loads and search requests (http://www.novell.com/advantage/nds/benchmark.html). In addition, NDS eDirectory supports new applications and services based on highly personalized user profiles, personalities and behavior.

NDS eDirectory currently provides support for NetWare, Windows NT, Solaris*, and Windows 2000 out of the box. Support for Linux* and True 64 Unix are expected later this year. Additional synchronization and integration tools for managing other directories and applications are also scheduled for release this year.

Additional information about NDS eDirectory, NDS Corporate Edition and all of the directory-enabled products and services from Novell is available on Novell's Web site at http://www.novell.com/products/edirectory.

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 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/advantage.

Novell, NetWare and NDS are registered trademarks, and eDirectory 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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Dan Cook
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: (801) 222-4048
Email: dcook@novell.com



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