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Novell Takes Cross-Platform Support to the Desktop

Novell, Inc., a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, today announced availability of the Novell® Native File Access Pack, which gives users of Windows*, Macintosh*, UNIX* and Linux* desktop operating systems access to storage on Novell NetWare® servers without any Novell software on their workstations.

PROVO, Utah
September 19, 2001

  • Novell Native File Access Pack lets users of Windows, Macintosh, UNIX and Linux systems access NetWare services right out of the box using standard Internet protocols
  • Managed through Novell eDirectory, the Novell Native File Access Pack securely and simply removes data access obstacles from networks
  • The Novell Native File Access Pack provides computer users access to the most reliable and secure networking and storage platform on the market

Novell, Inc., a leader in eBusiness solutions and Net services software, today announced availability of the Novell® Native File Access Pack, which gives users of Windows*, Macintosh*, UNIX* and Linux* desktop operating systems access to storage on Novell NetWare® servers without any Novell software on their workstations. Managed through Novell eDirectory, Novell Native File Access Pack lets users of these disparate systems access NetWare storage right out of the box using standard Internet protocols and the networking features included in each operating system, giving organizations a unified network that is less complex, faster and more secure. The Novell Native File Access Pack further establishes Novell's leadership in managing heterogeneous network environments, providing companies the freedom to choose what works best for them and helping them leverage the technologies they have.

With the Novell Native File Access Pack, users are able to efficiently retrieve and store the information they need on the network, regardless of the type of workstation they have, while system administrators gain improved management capabilities, plus the proven security and reliability benefits of NetWare. Novell is extending its industry-leading cross-platform support in the server realm to the desktop, ensuring customers can use the technology they want while still maintaining the security and manageability of their network.

"The Novell Native File Access Pack securely and simply removes data access obstacles from our network," said Ed Kirkpatrick, network administrator for Madison School District in Rexburg, Idaho. "By allowing our Windows, Macintosh, UNIX and Linux clients to natively access NetWare storage right out of the box, we will be able to integrate users into the network as never before. The power of eDirectory makes management simple while actually increasing the security of the network."

Previous access solutions have required Novell client software on workstations to take advantage of the management features of eDirectory. Not anymore. Now, network administrators can manage Windows, Macintosh, UNIX and Linux workstation users and assign access controls just as they would with a NetWare client. In addition, the Novell Native File Access Pack leverages the native authentication features of each desktop operating system to securely transmit a user's password to a NetWare server. The password credentials are verified against the user's password in eDirectory, providing secure authentication to the NetWare server.

"More and more, customers need cost-effective means to connect their users and information using disparate hardware and software systems," said Jeff Hawkins, vice president of Novell's storage business team. "With the Novell Native File Access Pack, we are providing legions of computer users who don't use Windows PCs access to the most reliable and secure networking and storage platform on the market in NetWare. These users can now be managed with Novell eDirectory, which simplifies and accelerates an organization's transition to a unified network where users have access to what they need when they need it, regardless of operating system."

Internet Protocols
The Novell Native File Access Pack uses standard Internet protocols, reducing the number of network protocols to be managed while increasing overall network performance.

  • Windows users access NetWare using the Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol over TCP/IP.
  • Macintosh users access NetWare using the Apple* Filing Protocol (AFP) over TCP/IP.
  • UNIX and Linux users access NetWare using the Network File System (NFS) protocol over TCP/IP.

Pricing and Availability
The Novell Native File Access Pack for NetWare 5.1 is now available through Novell authorized resellers and solution providers. The product is also available at http://shop.novell.com for full list price of $299 per server. Customers with NetWare maintenance or upgrade protection will receive the Novell Native File Access Pack as a free download, and it will also be included in NetWare 6 when it ships next month. For more information, visit http://www.novell.com/products/nfa.

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 and NetWare are registered trademarks and eDirectory 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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