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Novell ZENworks for Servers 3 Manages Cross-Platform Servers as One Net

ZENworks for Servers 3 supports Windows, Solaris and Linux servers as well as NetWare, with policies and server-to-server distribution ZENworks for Servers creates more self-managing networks and intelligent network automation, improving management efficiency and reducing maintenance costs Networks are more stable, reliable, resilient, secure and predictable with ZENworks for Servers

PROVO, Utah | April 3, 2002

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net business solutions, today announced the availability of Novell® ZENworks® for Servers 3, Novell's cross-platform solution for centralized, cost-effective management of server content, server configurations and network monitoring. ZENworks for Servers 3 supports Windows NT*/2000, Solaris* and Linux* servers as well as Novell NetWare®, ensuring that content, configurations and procedures are consistent across server groups, allowing companies to manage their heterogeneous network environments as a unified network - one Net. ZENworks for Servers gives IT professionals more self-managing networks with embedded intelligence, freeing administrators to focus on strategic initiatives that increase organization efficiency and profitability. Networks - regardless of platform - are more stable, reliable, resilient and up to date with ZENworks, ensuring end users remain productive and critical information and tools are always available.

Businesses are dependent on their networks for interaction with customers, partners and employees and cannot risk their reliability, security and availability. Yet in geographically dispersed networks, server content and configurations vary according to platform and server group, so they easily become out of date and out of sync. ZENworks for Servers 3 gives network administrators a single point of server administration that intelligently automates server management across platforms, saving money and time. When ZENworks for Servers is combined with Novell's award-winning ZENworks for Desktops, software is easily deployed to workstations worldwide, even across Internet links, allowing organizations to manage applications efficiently.

"With network management costs on the rise, customers need more efficient ways to take advantage of current technology investments without sacrificing system reliability," said Brad Anderson, vice president and general manager of Novell's Content and Applications Management Services Group. "Organizations are maintaining networks with multiple servers and multiple platforms in multiple sites. ZENworks for Servers simplifies and secures server management, regardless of location and operating system, and allows customers to invest in other areas that will help them grow their businesses and successfully serve their customers."

ZENworks for Servers helps customers accomplish network management tasks - including server configuration, management and monitoring as well as content management and software distribution - from a single point of administration. ZENworks for Servers monitors server health in real time and notifies administrators of potential problems before they affect user productivity and other business processes. ZENworks for Servers also features Tiered Electronic Distribution, which allows users to deploy and configure content and software throughout the network from a single location. With ZENworks for Servers, organizations can efficiently distribute desktop application images to servers around the world, making them immediately available for ZENworks for Desktops to deploy to user workstations. This results in significant cost savings because IT staff is not required to travel extensively for system upgrades and maintenance. Tiered Electronic Distribution also streamlines eBusiness by securely distributing files to partner networks beyond the firewall.

"Almost every customer we deal with faces the challenge of managing a mixed network environment, with Linux and Solaris servers coexisting with NT and Windows 2000," said Paul Anderson, CEO of Novacoast, a Novell solution provider partner based in Santa Barbara, Calif. "Since managing a network is one of the highest IT costs companies face, solutions like Novell's ZENworks answer to a pressing need - how to drive cost out of network management."

ZENworks for Servers embeds intelligence into the network by defining enterprise-wide server management policies to automate key tasks. With embedded intelligence, organizations can use policies to centrally manage each server or groups of servers collectively - across multiple platforms, departments and locations - while retaining the ability to tailor each server individually. ZENworks for Servers also makes it easy to create, distribute and enforce policies in real time across an enterprise.

Features and capabilities new to Novell ZENworks for Servers 3 include:

  • Management of cross-platform servers as one Net. Policies and distribution for Windows, Solaris and Linux servers, in addition to existing NetWare support.
  • Tight integration with ZENworks for Desktops through Intelligent Association. When sending new desktop applications for ZENworks for Desktops to distribute throughout or across organizations, all associations between the applications and their destinations are maintained throughout the distribution, allowing administrators in one location to distribute applications worldwide faster, easier and more securely.
  • Distribution of server and workstation applications and data to remote sites over the public network, saving the cost of private networks. Distributions are encrypted over the wire.
  • Solution providers may maintain a customer's network remotely through the use of policies and content distribution to manage servers outside their own network.
  • Automatic synchronization of content on servers, adding and deleting files and making changes as needed to make sure the right data is available network-wide.

Pricing and Availability
Novell ZENworks for Servers 3 will be available April 15 through Novell Authorized ResellersSM and solution providers for a suggested $59 per user license or $3,000 per server license. A ZENworks for Desktops/ZENworks for Servers bundle is also available for $79 per user license. For more information, visit

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

Novell, NetWare and ZENworks are registered trademarks and Novell Authorized Reseller is a service mark 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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