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Novell Small Business Suite 6 Puts Non-Stop Networking Power to Work for Small Businesses

Novell, Inc., a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, today announced availability of Novell® Small Business Suite 6, the latest version of Novell's complete networking solutions suite for small businesses.

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

  • Novell's complete networking solutions suite for small businesses provides top-quality yet affordable software to network small businesses
  • Novell Small Business Suite lets customers seamlessly integrate their local networks with the Internet, simply and securely, while leveraging strengths of the latest Novell technology
  • PartnerNet for the Small Business Specialist program helps channel partners deliver networking solutions to small business customers

Novell, Inc., a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, today announced availability of Novell® Small Business Suite 6, the latest version of Novell's complete networking solutions suite for small businesses. In addition to providing top-quality, affordable software to network small businesses, the Novell Small Business Suite lets customers seamlessly integrate their local networks with the Internet, simply and securely, creating a unified network - one Net - that they can manage more easily and cost effectively. Novell Small Business Suite 6 provides core networking and storage capabilities through NetWare® 6, as well as full-fledged collaboration with GroupWise® 6, desktop management with ZENworks® for Desktops 3.2, and network security through BorderManager® Enterprise Edition 3.6. Partner products Tobit FaxWare*, Network Associates VirusScan* and NetShield*, and FatPipe* Internet Software provide additional collaboration, security and broadband features. Small businesses can become eBusinesses overnight with Novell Small Business Suite 6.

Novell Small Business Suite 6 leverages the strengths of the latest Novell technology to provide Net services to small businesses with up to 50 users. The suite includes NetWare 6 "access anywhere" features such as Novell iFolder, iPrint and NetWare WebAccess that 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. (See today's Novell announcement, "Novell NetWare 6 Brings Net Services to the User - No Strings Attached.") Novell Small Business Suite builds on the proven reliability and security of NetWare, which is critical for small businesses that can't afford dedicated information technology resources to keep the network healthy.

"Businesses of all sizes are finding that the need for immediate access to information in the Net economy is not limited to big corporations. The ability to respond rapidly is often even more critical for a small business, where a single lost customer hits the bottom line quickly," said Craig Miller, vice president and general manager of Novell's Net Management business unit. "The Novell Small Business Suite gives small businesses a simple, secure and extremely reliable network with e-mail, file synchronization and backup, Internet printing, and Web-browser access to files, all at an extremely affordable price. As small businesses make the move to the Net, they get a reliable, low-maintenance network and a variety of applications that provide them the same benefits enjoyed by many of the Fortune 500."

According to Gonzalo Burgos, chief operating officer of Plasticos Burgos, the largest plastics manufacturer in Chile, Novell Small Business Suite gave his company the stability and reliability it needed to replace its Windows NT network. "Our NetWare server never goes down, and this system is more reliable and has great integrity. We've realized an additional $20,000 to $30,000 in management and productivity savings after changing software, not to mention eliminating the up to $100,000 we lost each time our former system would crash or data became corrupted. With the Novell Small Business Suite, we have confidence to extend our internal network to communicate with customers over the Internet. Now business is up, losses are down."

"The reliability and features of the Novell Small Business Suite will ensure that small businesses and their chosen solution providers are not losing time and money due to network downtime," said Marc Leeka, president of Computer Physicians, a Novell solution provider partner in Glendale, Calif. "That means we can focus on partnering with our customers to enhance the profitability of their small businesses."

PartnerNet for the Small Business Specialist
In conjunction with the release of Novell Small Business Suite 6, Novell is bolstering its support for partners focused on the small business sector. The PartnerNet® for the Small Business Specialist program - currently available in North America - provides tips, techniques and peer support to help channel partners sell Novell solutions, grow their businesses, increase sales and expand consulting services.

New features of this PartnerNet program include:

  • no membership fee
  • monthly interactive Web-based training
  • inclusion in the popular online Novell Channel Partner Locator
  • co-marketing activities

For more information about the PartnerNet for the Small Business Specialist program or to become a Small Business Specialist, visit http://www.novell.com/partners/channel/nsbs.html.

Pricing and Availability
Novell Small Business Suite 6 will be available in early November through Novell authorized resellers and solution providers. The product will also be available at http://shop.novell.com for full list price of $1,295 for a server with five-user license, plus $70 for each additional user license. For more information about Novell Small Business Suite 6, go to http://www.novell.com/products/smallbiz.

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, BorderManager, GroupWise and ZENworks are registered trademarks, NetWorld and PartnerNet are registered service marks, and Novell iFolder is a trademark 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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