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Novell Launches NetDevice Family of Software Server Appliances

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced availability of the Novell® NetDevice NAS, the first appliance in the Novell NetDevice family of specialized server appliances.

PROVO, UT | July 18, 2001

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced availability of the Novell® NetDevice NAS, the first appliance in the Novell NetDevice family of specialized server appliances. These Novell soft appliances - which are shipped as software only and offer customers flexibility to use their choice of new or existing compatible hardware - are designed to provide customers the power and functionality they need without paying for features they don't need. The Novell NetDevice NAS is a network attached storage (NAS) appliance that delivers the entire Novell portfolio of robust file system technologies, with unparalleled security, manageability and reliability features. As appliances, Novell's NetDevice servers can be plugged into any network, regardless of platform, to help companies solve pressing eBusiness challenges today, without expensive and complex system upgrades.

Storage is a massive challenge for today's eBusinesses. According to IDC, the network attached storage market was forecasted to grow from $835 million in 1999 to $1.883 billion in 2000, a 125 percent year-over-year increase. IDC expects the NAS market will reach nearly $10 billion by 2003. In March of this year, IDC forecasted the overall specialized server appliance market will reach $12 billion in 2002. With corporate data storage requirements doubling every 9 to 12 months and the cost of managing new storage at three to five times the price of the storage itself, IT managers are seeking more effective ways for storage provisioning and management. Novell's NetDevice NAS helps companies tame the storage beast.

"The ever-increasing IT requirements of organizations, along with continued pressure to curb IT budgets, have companies searching for ways to cost-effectively simplify their IT infrastructure," said Jeff Hawkins, vice president of Novell's storage business team. "The Novell NetDevice family of special-purpose server appliances will lower total cost of ownership while providing the reliable and secure networking technology Novell is known for, all while offering customers freedom to choose the hardware they want, including hardware they already have. With data growing exponentially, storage is a growing issue for companies large and small. The Novell NetDevice NAS helps solve the storage challenge without breaking the bank."

Novell's Leading Networking Technology
Built on proven Novell NetWare® technology, the Novell NetDevice NAS is designed to help companies store, find and retrieve data when and where end users need it, regardless of the platform the company is running. With Novell's proven ease-of-management features, this new appliance is particularly compelling for the branch office, workgroup and department markets, where IT resources are at a premium. In fact, the Novell NetDevice NAS is an ideal solution for additional storage in these markets.

Novell NetDevice NAS serves a need that currently is going largely unmet. "With Novell's storage appliance, we have the ability to dramatically increase our storage capacity at a much lower cost than we could have otherwise," said Mark Clarridge, computer protection program manager for Ames Laboratory US Department of Energy. "We can almost instantly install a server when and where it's needed with native file access for our heterogeneous computing environment. The browser-based management utility offers administrators independence from traditional platform-specific utilities."

Novell NetDevice NAS is the only NAS appliance on the market that supports not only the Novell NDS® eDirectory environment, but also Windows*, UNIX*, Linux* and Web-based clients. All have native access to the Novell NetDevice NAS, and all users - regardless of the client platform - can be centrally managed across Novell NetDevice NAS appliances through the power of eDirectory, making it as easy to manage an entire fleet of NAS appliances as it is to manage a few. By providing scalable storage to any network client, wired or wireless, and delivering centralized control of enterprise storage, the Novell NetDevice NAS reduces storage management costs. In addition, it creates opportunities to enhance collaboration and integrate enterprise systems, creating a unified network, one Net.

The Novell NetDevice NAS is the industry's first soft storage appliance, allowing customers to deploy the appliance throughout their entire organization on the hardware of their choice. This lets organizations operate within existing purchasing policies, leverage contracts with established hardware suppliers, reduce staff training, and even redeploy existing hardware as high performing NAS appliances. The automatic imaging process of the Novell NetDevice appliance allows administrators to fully deploy a system and grant access to thousands of users in about 20 minutes, as simply booting from the Novell NetDevice NAS compact disc automatically images and configures the system.

Novell will work with key hardware partners such as Compaq, Dell, IBM, HP and other vendors to certify popular systems to run the Novell NetDevice NAS. To see up-to-date information on certified systems for the Novell NetDevice NAS, go to http://developer.novell.com/nss and search for Novell NetDevice NAS-certified hardware.

Pricing and Availability
The Novell NetDevice NAS storage appliance will be available the end of August through Novell authorized resellers and solution providers or http://shop.novell.com starting at $1,799. For more information, visit http://www.novell.com/products/netdevice.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), is a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software designed to secure and power the networked world. Novell and its subsidiary, Cambridge Technology Partners, help organizations solve complex business challenges, simplify their systems and processes, and capture new opportunities with one Net solutions. Novell provides worldwide channel, consulting, education and developer programs to support its offerings.

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 http://www.novell.com. Information on eBusiness and e-integration solutions from Cambridge Technology Partners can be accessed at http://www.ctp.com. Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at http://www.novell.com/pressroom.

Novell, NetWare and NDS are registered trademarks and eDirectory and NetDevice 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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