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Novell NetWare 6 Brings Net Services to the User - No Strings Attached

Novell, Inc., a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, today announced the general availability of Novell® NetWare® 6, the premier platform for delivering Net services across all types of networks, storage systems and client desktops.

ATLANTA (NetWorld®+Interop* 2001) | September 11, 2001

  • NetWare 6 delivers Net services across all types of networks, storage systems and client desktops
  • NetWare 6 can easily be added to existing networks to deliver value quickly and cost effectively - no rip-and-replace required

Novell, Inc., a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, today announced the general availability of Novell® NetWare® 6, the premier platform for delivering Net services across all types of networks, storage systems and client desktops. New NetWare features such as Novell iFolder, iPrint and NetWare WebAccess allow file, print, directory, e-mail and other core network resources to be accessed and managed from any desktop, from any device, in any location, significantly reducing costs and management complexity. NetWare 6 continues Novell's tradition of delivering the industry's most reliable and secure networking services, while allowing Windows*, Macintosh*, UNIX*, Linux* and Web-based client workstations to connect to and store files and data on centrally managed servers and storage area networks without Novell client software on the workstation. Designed explicitly for today's Net economy, NetWare 6 can be plugged into existing networks to integrate those networks, empower new services and maximize existing technology investments. Unlike the competition, Novell doesn't require a rip-and-replace strategy. The addition of NetWare 6 to a network brings significant benefits without significant cost.

"NetWare 6 is the first version of NetWare that fulfills Novell's one Net vision, and it's a prime example of where Novell's Net services are headed," said Jack Messman, president and CEO of Novell. "NetWare 6 sheds many of the legacy technologies required to operate NetWare in the past and shifts Novell's Net services squarely into the Net. For the first time, NetWare itself becomes a set of Net services, consumable by anyone, regardless of desktop or location. Organizations need to be able to tie disparate networks into a single network - one Net - that is seamless to end users, inside or outside the enterprise. NetWare 6 truly delivers anytime, anywhere access to information from various network platforms, desktop operating systems and wireless devices, making the one Net vision a reality for customers."

NetWare 6 grants users freedom to be mobile without giving up the advantages of office-based network access. NetWare WebAccess provides user access via a Web browser to files, printers, e-mail, calendar, corporate address book, etc., all through a customizable portal, regardless of desktop operating system or device. With Novell iFolder, users can securely access and synchronize their files across all types of networks and on any Internet-enabled machine. Novell iPrint lets customers use a simple Web browser to find and install a printer and securely print with the click of a mouse, all via the Internet, so there are no location restraints on either the user or the printer. That means savings in terms of faster setup and reduced support calls, along with giving mobile users the ability to print anywhere.

"In a period when data is exploding, the basic challenges of keeping track of and printing information remain a big, and expensive, headache for many IT shops," said Craig Miller, vice president and general manager of Novell's Net Management business unit. "Novell took its widely acknowledged expertise in this area and brought storage and print services into the Net, with the power of WebAccess to connect to these services anywhere. Companies can drop NetWare 6 into their networks and gain these benefits now. NetWare 6 solves real business issues and significantly reduces costs, all with the well-known reliability and security of NetWare."

Dan Kusnetzky, vice president, system software, IDC, said, "Most organizations are trying to integrate a complex IT environment. It is clear that Novell understands this and is doing its best to help. The addition of Novell iFolder, iPrint and the freedom to use NetWare in a mixed environment without a Novell client will make it easier for organizations to use the complex networks they have deployed."

"Because the exciting new Net services in NetWare 6 can be added to our network without requiring a massive upgrade of our infrastructure, we will be able to quickly and efficiently provide those new services to our users," said Matt Krieger, associate director of Global Network Architecture Services for Reader's Digest Association, Inc. "The Net services component-based architecture allows us to deploy individual services such as iPrint in our existing NetWare 5 environment without a wholesale upgrade. The capabilities in the iPrint service will allow us to better support mobile user printing with little or no helpdesk involvement. In addition, iFolder may fit into our strategic IT goals by allowing us to remove servers from remote sites, provide anytime/anywhere access to user data and lower IT support costs."

Pricing and Availability
NetWare 6 will be available mid-October through Novell authorized resellers and solution providers. The product is also available at http://shop.novell.com for regular list price of $184 per user license. NetWare 6 licensing is user-based like other Novell Net services software products. One user equals one eDirectory user object, making it easy for customers to count users and licenses accordingly. There are no server license fees, meaning customers can deploy as many NetWare 6 servers as they wish with no additional charge. Within 30 days of the English version shipping, NetWare will be available in Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese Traditional and Chinese Simplified. Additional NetWare 6 product and pricing information is available at http://www.novell.com/products/netware.

More than 10,000 solution providers, Certified Novell InstructorSM (CNISM) professionals and customers will have been trained on NetWare 6 by the time it ships. In addition, select Novell Authorized Education CenterSM partners around the world are ready to immediately deliver standard classroom training on NetWare 6 upon shipment.

Novell Deployment Solution Guides
To help customers take immediate advantage of NetWare capabilities, Novell Deployment Solution Guides have been created. Brief, step-by-step processes of "best practices," the guides are quick-reference documents to help system administrators and systems integrators more easily implement and configure Novell and partner technologies. The guides also cross reference with other Novell resources (documentation, AppNotes®, Dev Notes, Knowledge Base, etc.). Guides include "Upgrading to newer versions of Novell NetWare" and "Migrating from Windows NT Server to Novell NetWare." The Novell Deployment Solution Guides can be found at http://www.novell.com/products/netware6/deployment_solutions.

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.

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