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Novell iFolder Gives Users 'One Net' Access to Files from Anywhere on the Net

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced the availability of Novell® iFolder, Novell's "access anywhere" information management software that liberates users from having to rely on any particular PC to retrieve information or files.

PROVO, Utah | June 20, 2001

  • Novell iFolder lets users' files follow them everywhere, liberating them from any particular PC to retrieve information or files
  • Novell iFolder gives users automatic and secure updating of files across all types of networks and on any computer
  • Novell iFolder automatically backs up and stores files on a server and multiple PCs

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced the availability of Novell® iFolder, Novell's "access anywhere" information management software that liberates users from having to rely on any particular PC to retrieve information or files. With Novell iFolder, users securely access their files from any Internet-enabled machine, anywhere in the world. Novell iFolder provides a true one Net experience, enabling users to automatically and securely synchronize their files across all types of networks and on any computer.

With information exploding via the Net, it's getting harder and harder to keep track of data across multiple machines and multiple networks. Storing and accessing information is a growing challenge for businesses and individuals. Novell iFolder helps solve this problem.

"How many times have you found yourself e-mailing a document to yourself to work on at your home computer or on a laptop? Novell iFolder makes this obsolete," said James Taylor, managing partner of consulting services firm The East Cobb Group. "Our electronic bags are truly always packed with Novell iFolder, and we save the time and mistakes that inevitably occur when you have to manually update and synchronize files. Novell iFolder lets our files follow us everywhere. It is the simple and secure way to organize, manage and access our files, virtually anywhere, anytime."

Novell iFolder combines the strengths of Internet-hosted storage, hosted backups and automatic file synchronization, while rendering obsolete the weaknesses of manual synchronization, storage-space limitations, poor security and proprietary architecture. Novell iFolder uses Novell NDS® eDirectory or any other LDAP v3-enabled directory for secure user authentication. Novell iFolder works with Novell NetWare® 5.1 and Windows NT*/2000 and will be included in NetWare 6 when it ships later this year.

"With the proliferation of laptop computers and the fact that so much critical business information resides on a company's PCs, there is a tremendous need for customers to protect their data while managing it more efficiently," said Jeff Hawkins, vice president of Novell's storage business team. "Remote access to business networks is almost a given today, and Novell iFolder lets users access and manage the right data whenever they want, wherever they want, safely and securely."

Whether on an office or home PC, a disconnected notebook, or even at an Internet kiosk, a user's files are instantly available with Novell iFolder. If working offline, work is updated the instant a user reconnects. When a user moves on to a different location and a different PC, files are automatically updated to reflect work done elsewhere. And encryption keeps file synchronizations and backups secure.

According to John Girard, a vice president and research director at Gartner, "Enterprises can realize substantial support savings and productivity gains by selecting appropriate remote backup and restore tools for their nomadic users. Avoiding just a few disasters may justify the entire value of the investment."

Novell iFolder Simplifies ...

  • Provides access to files and applications anywhere, on any computer, using a standard Web browser.
  • Updates changes in data across multiple workstations automatically.
  • Lets users work while connected or disconnected, with automatic update of file changes.

Secures ...

  • Encrypts sensitive files when they are transferred over the wire and stored on the server to protect them from unauthorized access.
  • Automatically stores files on a server and multiple workstations to prevent data loss.
  • Ensures corporate data from local machines is centrally hosted and backed up.

... and Accelerates File Access and Management

  • Takes advantage of Internet standards to make file access and management part of eBusiness strategy.
  • Keeps bandwidth usage to a minimum by transmitting only the changes to a file, not the entire file.
  • Increases productivity because information is the same on every machine a user works on.

Pricing and Availability
Novell iFolder for NetWare 5.1 and Windows NT/2000 will be available June 29 through Novell authorized resellers and solution providers or http://shop.novell.com for $49 per user license or $15 per user annual subscription. Service provider licensing is also available at $1.50 per user each month. Customers with NetWare maintenance or upgrade protection will receive Novell iFolder as a free download, and it will also be included in NetWare 6 when it ships later this year. For more information, visit http://www.novell.com/products/ifolder.

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, developer 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 Novell iFolder 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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Novell, Inc.
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Email: kbarney@novell.com



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