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Novell Delivers Net Services Software to Linux Bridges New Platform Territory for Directory

Novell, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of NDS eDirectory and NDS Corporate Edition for Linux*, expanding its leading portfolio of Net services software products across all types of networks and all leading operating systems.

PROVO, Utah | March 13, 2000

  • NDS eDirectory and NDS Corporate Edition Simplify Administration and Management of Linux Platform
  • Leading Linux Platform Vendors Announce Support for Novell's Linux Strategy
  • With eDirectory for Linux, Novell Continues Strategic Push to Provide NDS eDirectory Across All Leading Platforms

Novell, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of NDS eDirectory and NDS Corporate Edition for Linux*, expanding its leading portfolio of Net services software products across all types of networks and all leading operating systems. Integrated access to NDS eDirectory and Corporate Edition offers organizations significant new advantages, including the ability to simplify and secure management of Linux users and groups across the Net, strengthening Linux as a platform for e-business. Additionally, eDirectory for Linux enables customers to seamlessly integrate and manage their cross-platform networks.

Leading industry Linux vendors such as Bowstreet, Caldera Systems, Evegreen Internet, Red Hat, Sendmail and TurboLinux also announced support for Novell's Linux strategy, further demonstrating the growing demand for a directory-based e-commerce and user management solution for the Linux platform. According to recent Evans Marketing research reports, Linux deployments increased by as much as 95 percent in the last six months of 1999, thereby increasing the need for management and accessibility on the platform.

"As we integrate Linux into our global e-business network, NDS eDirectory allows us to create synergies with all of our offices worldwide," said Richard Reid, manager of worldwide messaging and directory at True North Communications and an NDS eDirectory for Linux beta customer. "Adding Linux to NDS eDirectory's cross-platform support will enable us to more effectively leverage our resources and specialized services that are spread out geographically, to keep more of our expertise in-house and actually increase internal revenue growth significantly."

NDS eDirectory is a full-service, open standards-based directory that is the foundation for managing network resources across all leading operating systems in one Net environments. By managing and securing resources across the net, NDS eDirectory eliminates the gap between enterprise and Internet, enabling Linux users to build and manage secure and customized relationships with customers and partners who want to use the Web as a primary channel for conducting business. NDS eDirectory will allow customers to integrate their existing mix of Unix*, NetWare, Linux, Windows 2000* and Windows NT* servers and clients under a single directory structure. NDS Corporate Edition provides the ability to manage Linux users and groups in addition to all of the NDS eDirectory functionality. Linux users can expect dramatic reduction in administration costs by having a centralized user management platform and a single point of administration for user profiles.

"Linux is emerging as an important enterprise and Internet platform for directory-enabled applications and network services," said Phil Schacter, director of network strategy service for The Burton Group. "By delivering on its promise to provide NDS eDirectory for Linux, Novell is taking an important step to establish itself as a source for Linux-based services and applications."

"Companies that want to harness the tremendous potential of e-business must connect with partners, suppliers and customers in a world of heterogeneous networks," said Dave Shirk, senior vice president of product management for Novell. "By delivering eDirectory across major operating systems, including Linux, Novell gives businesses the power to transcend traditional network boundaries and to create a secure foundation for conducting business across the Net."

Pricing and Availability

Licenses for NDS eDirectory are available today for $2 USD per user. Licenses for NDS Corporate Edition are also available today for $26 USD per user. Licenses for both products can be purchased from an authorized Novell reseller or by contacting Novell directly at (888) 321-4272 or

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 LDAP directory can get matching user licenses for NDS eDirectory at no charge, and pay only for the maintenance fees (for upgrade protection).

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 In addition, NDS eDirectory supports new applications and services based on highly personalized user profiles, personalities and behavior. NDS eDirectory can scale to more than a billion objects, and is the directory of choice for Internet companies such as CNN and AltaVista.

NDS eDirectory currently provides support for NetWare, Windows NT, Linux, Solaris*, and Windows 2000 out of the box. Support for True 64 Unix is 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

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 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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Novell, Inc.
Telephone: (801) 222-4048

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