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Novell NetWare 6 and eDirectory Named Network Magazine 2002 Products of the Year

Top networking publication Network Magazine selects NetWare as best server operating system and eDirectory as best directory service

PROVO, Utah | April 15, 2002

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net business solutions, today announced that Network Magazine, a top global networking publication, has selected Novell® NetWare® 6 and Novell eDirectory™ as 2002 Products of the Year for best server operating system and best directory service, respectively. The awards underscore Novell's continued excellence and innovation in software development, as well as the important role NetWare and eDirectory play in Net business solutions that simplify the complexities of enterprise networks, secure corporate resources and extend business processes to the Net.

In its Product of the Year issue, Network Magazine praised Novell's NetWare 6, writing, "In 2001, Novell came back with NetWare 6, beating all its rivals in the network's core function of resource sharing. NetWare is ... designed to work with other OSs [and] NetWare 6 takes this approach to a new level. The NetWare server understands the native filing protocols that Windows*, Macintosh*, UNIX* and Linux* use, enabling seamless and secure data transfer between otherwise incompatible systems."

The publication also noted the excellence of Novell's cross-platform directory service, which has been named best directory service three years running. "Novell's eDirectory has come a long way from its roots as an administrative foundation for sites with many NetWare servers. ... Native versions of eDirectory for Windows NT/2000, Solaris*, Linux and other OSs are [now] available," Network Magazine stated. "Despite eDirectory's maturity and the network infrastructure's changing circumstances, Novell continues to increase its flagship product's power and applicability."

Network Magazine's annual Product of the Year Award is one of the networking industry's longest-running awards programs. Award winners are evaluated on broad appeal of the product or service to the reader community; competitive enhancements; price/performance advantages; technical ingenuity; new features and applications; and serviceability to the market. Product of the Year Award winners will be honored May 8 during NetWorld+Interop Spring 2002 in Las Vegas and will be featured in the May 2002 issue of Network Magazine.

"Novell's continued recognition as a top innovator in the technology industry brings tremendous credibility to our Net business solutions," said Carl Ledbetter, senior vice president of engineering/research and development and CTO for Novell. "NetWare is Novell's premier platform for delivering Net services across all types of networks, storage systems and client desktops; and eDirectory is the industry's most scalable, reliable and deployed directory service. Both have been deployed for millions of customers as part of broader business solutions, and both create the flexible, reliable infrastructure needed for the realization of Novell's one Net vision, where all types of networks work together as one."

For more information about NetWare, eDirectory and Novell's Net business solutions, go to http://www.novell.com.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at http://www.novell.com.

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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