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Digital Island Selects Novell Technology for Streamlining Identity Management throughout Company

Novell, Inc.(NASDAQ:NOVL), the leading provider of Net services software, today announced that Digital Island (NASDAQ: ISLD) has selected Novell eBusiness infrastructure technology to simplify user identity management on Digital Island's internal networks.

LAS VEGAS (NetWorld® + Interop*) | May 8, 2001

  • Novell eDirectory to help secure and manage customer, partner and employee data and information
  • Novell eDirectory and DirXML to power information exchange across Win2000, NT, Solaris and Linux
  • Implementation Allows Digital Island to Manage Expenses and Control Costs of IT Infrastructure

Novell, Inc.(NASDAQ:NOVL), the leading provider of Net services software, today announced that Digital Island (NASDAQ: ISLD) has selected Novell eBusiness infrastructure technology to simplify user identity management on Digital Island's internal networks. Digital Island will implement Novell's industry's leading directory service, Novell® NDS® eDirectory, and DirXML, application integration software to help manage and secure customer, partner and employee data and information across its Win2000/NT, Solaris* and Linux* network. Leveraging Novell technology will help Digital Island closely manage internal IT costs and streamline its business operations, allowing the company to better serve its enterprise customers worldwide.

"With Novell eDirectory and DirXML we are able to implement a standardized directory infrastructure that has reduced the user profiles we had to manage from over 30 to only one profile for each user on the network," said Troy Saxton-Getty, vice president, information systems and technology, Digital Island. "By simplifying our internal infrastructure we can more closely control our IT costs and streamline our internal operations, enabling our employees to become more responsive to our customers' needs."

Under the agreement, Digital Island is leveraging Novell Consulting to enhance integration of eDirectory and DirXML while maximizing technology investments. A project to manage and consolidate directory services using the new Novell Account Management for Windows* 2000 and Active Directory* is well under way and exceeding expectations for cost savings. The selection of Novell underscores its strategy to provide the infrastructure that powers all types of networks as one Net.

In concert with DirXML, eDirectory provides a platform for Digital Island to manage all aspects of their user identities and system resources through a simple, easy-to-use interface, empowering them to control access to resources and information and enhance quality of service. It also reduces network administration costs typically associated with keeping data and information updated across multiple databases, applications and networks by allowing core information to be automatically synchronized and shared.

"Digital Island fully understands the benefit of one Net Internet, intranet, extranet running as one regardless of network, application or operating system-in order to fully maximize the potential of eBusiness," said Paul Smart, vice president and general manager, Novell's Net Directory Services. "As more companies like Digital Island look to improve quality of service by enhancing relationships on the Internet, a full-service directory like eDirectory is paramount to help manage shared information, distributed relationships, connections, and the infrastructure that support them."

About Digital Island
Digital Island® is a leading provider of managed Internet infrastructure for enterprises that need to give their customers a great Web experience in order to drive profitable e-Business transactions. The company offers managed hosting, content delivery and network services to bypass Internet congestion and guarantee fast and relevant interactions. Digital Island customers include six of top 10 Global 500 entertainment and media companies, three of the top four online brokers, and six of the top 25 Global 500 financial service companies. Digital Island is headquartered in San Francisco, and its global e-Business delivery network reaches 35 countries.

Net Services Software
Novell's Net services software solves key eBusiness problems facing customers today by providing the power and flexibility they need to compete in a market that moves at Net speed. With 139 million users, 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 a mixed NetWare®, Linux, NT, Solaris, Tru64* UNIX* and Win2000 environment. It is the only full-service directory on the market today that can deliver the integration, scale and performance of both an enterprise and Internet directory.

Businesses are finding that to remain competitive in the net economy, they must expand and enhance systems to meet the needs of employees, partners and customers. And, to meet the needs of these groups, they must dissolve the barriers between intranets, extranets and the Internet to create one Net. DirXML is an award-winning data-sharing and synchronization service that revolutionizes data management within the enterprise and across the firewall by automatically distributing new and updated information across every designated directory and application on an enterprise network and business partner system, based on business rules. For more information on how to purchase and implement DirXML-based solutions contact Novell Consulting at

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.

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, NetWorld is a registered service mark, and eDirectory and DirXML are trademarks 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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