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Novell Extends eDirectory to Support Compaq's New AlphaServer GS Series Systems

Novell Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced plans to extend its industry leading NDS eDirectory to Compaq's new AlphaServer GS Series systems (announced today by Compaq*).

PROVO, Utah | May 16, 2000

  • Novell and Compaq deliver scalability, performance for eBusinesses
  • eDirectory for Compaq Tru64 UNIX on AlphaServers available in second half of 2000

Novell Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced plans to extend its industry leading NDS eDirectory to Compaq's new AlphaServer GS Series systems (announced today by Compaq*). Novell is optimizing eDirectory for Compaq's Tru64 UNIX* operating system to run on Compaq's new servers. The combination of Novell's highly scalable Internet directory, eDirectory, with Compaq's AlphaServer GS Series servers and Tru64 UNIX OS will provide customers with outstanding network scalability, reliability and performance.

In order to give enterprise customers the freedom to choose the best solutions to meet their needs, Novell has committed to deliver the first native 64-bit port of NDS to Tru64 UNIX. The new Compaq AlphaServer GS80, GS160 and GS320 systems running Tru64 UNIX are an ideal solution for organizations that require highly scalable servers to accommodate rapid growth and varying traffic patterns. Compaq's new AlphaServer GS Series systems can manage massive amounts of data and support customer requirements for input, storage and inquiry and provide the fastest, highly-reliable 24x7 computing environment.

"For businesses to be successful in the new Net economy, they will have to deliver an experience that is personalized, accelerated and always available," said Eric Schmidt, CEO and Chairman, Novell, Inc. "Integrating eDirectory across Compaq NonStop* eBusiness solutions, including the new AlphaServer GS Series systems, allows organizations to deliver these sort of customized experiences, enabling them to thrive as they extend their business processes to the Web."

"We successfully engineered our new AlphaServer GS Series systems to be the ultimate engines for the most demanding NonStop eBusiness environments," said Bill Heil, Compaq's Vice President and General Manager, Business Critical Server Division. "eDirectory on our AlphaServer GS systems and Tru64 UNIX delivers the scalability, reliability and performance that businesses need to grow and succeed in the Internet economy."

Licenses for NDS for Compaq Tru64 UNIX are expected to be available in the second half of 2000. NDS on Compaq Tru64 UNIX will significantly enhance Compaq's industry-leading interoperability capabilities, now encompassing Novell NetWare, Microsoft* Windows* 2000, and Linux*.

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

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