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Novell's eDirectory the First Directory to Achieve SunTone Certification

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced that the company's cross-platform directory, Novell® NDS® eDirectory, is the first directory to complete SunTone Program Certification.

PROVO, Utah
April 23, 2001

  • eDirectory demonstrates superior levels of reliability and quality on the Solaris™ Operating Environment (OE)
  • Another cross-platform milestone for the only directory on the market that runs across NetWare, Solaris OE, Windows 2000/NT, Linux, Compaq Tru64 UNIX and very soon, IBM AIX
  • Novell's cross-platform support allows customers to dramatically reduce the cost of administering mixed networks

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced that the company's cross-platform directory, Novell® NDS® eDirectory, is the first directory to complete SunTone Program Certification. This certification means that eDirectory has passed rigorous evaluation and demonstrated superior levels of reliability and quality on the Sun platform. Obtaining certification under the SunTone program is another cross-platform milestone for the only directory on the market that runs across all leading operating systems, including NetWare®, Solaris OE, Windows* 2000/NT, Linux*, Compaq Tru64* UNIX* and very soon, IBM AIX*. This broad cross-platform support allows customers to dramatically reduce the cost of administering their mixed networks and get the most out of their existing technology investments.

"As the first directory to complete the SunTone Certification Program, Novell's eDirectory has proven to be an ideal service for the Solaris Operating Environment, adding features such as identity management and Web personalization to the Sun platform," said Blake Modersitzki, Novell vice president of strategic relationships. "The SunTone Program Certification, as well as eDirectory's demonstrated ability to support more than one billion objects on a single Solaris server, establishes eDirectory as a solid, reliable and key infrastructure component for the demanding service provider market, where Solaris OE dominates."

Sun instituted the SunTone Certification and Branding Program in May 1999 to provide customers of Web-based services, applications and integrator services with a way to identify suppliers who meet defined high standards for providing quality service over the Internet. "For Exenet, eDirectory is a high-performance platform used to integrate all the eBusiness services we offer to our customers, many of whom are service providers themselves," said Jorge Labrada, vice president of Engineering with Exenet, an Application Infrastructure Provider based in New York City. "Today we are delivering that directory technology to customers using the Solaris Operating Environment through LDAP standards giving those customers a very stable, secure and scalable operating environment. The SunTone Program Certification of eDirectory is yet another validation of Exenet's decision to not only stake our business on the Novell eDirectory platform, but to confidently extend that platform to all leading operating systems, including Solaris OE."

To achieve the SunTone Program Certification, eDirectory underwent a rigorous evaluation process to ensure the software met requirements addressing scalability, availability, security, and management practices, optimized and tuned to run on the SunTone architecture. According to Peter Young, vice president of Market Development and Engineering for Sun Microsystems, Inc., "By completing the SunTone Certification process, Novell has garnered a widely recognized 'seal of approval' for its eDirectory technology, demonstrating the product has met the high standards of quality necessary for deployment within a service provider environment. With its identity management and Web personalization features, Novell NDS eDirectory is an ideal complement to the Solaris Operating Environment."

About eDirectory
Novell's eDirectory remains the only directory on the market to work on all leading operating systems, which significantly simplifies the complexities of managing users, identities and resources in mixed environments. The reliability and extreme scalability of eDirectory makes it a powerful addition to many of Sun's Solaris OE deployments. Customers such as Toyota and Freddie Mac have deployed eDirectory, DirXML and other Net services software on the Solaris platform to enable them to integrate disparate business systems and securely extend those systems to internal and external users while still lowering administrative overhead.

About the SunTone Certification and Branding Program
Launched in May 1999, the SunTone Certification and Branding Program is a collaborative effort with industry-wide support, led by Sun Microsystems, to make 7-by-24 service and reliability the norm for consumer and business Internet-based services. Under the program, application service providers, service providers and integrator service providers complete a rigorous specification process which examines the infrastructure, operational practices, hardware, software and overall service delivery of service providers and application service providers to help ensure that the services or applications they provide meet the program's high standards. The SunTone Certification Program is designed to give customers the confidence that the service provider's operations and infrastructure have been evaluated and judged to be reliable and high quality. The SunTone Certification and Branding Program currently has more than 1,400 member service providers, independent software vendors and network equipment providers working with Sun and over 90 SunTone-certified solutions available to meet a variety of business needs.

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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Novell, NetWare and NDS are registered trademarks and eDirectory and DirXML are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris and SunTone are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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