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Novell Recognized as Top Innovator by VARBusiness Magazine

Novell garners inaugural VARBusiness award for overall top technology innovation ZENworks 6 chosen as overall top product and top enterprise application Novell Nterprise Linux Services a finalist in the Linux category

PROVO, UT | October 28, 2003

Novell, a leader in solutions that deliver secure identity management, Web application development and cross-platform networking services, has been recognized by VARBusiness magazine for outstanding achievement in technology innovation. Novell won the highest honor in the inaugural VARBusiness Tech Innovators competition, being named the overall Top Innovator for its Novell® ZENworks® 6 resource management solution. ZENworks, which lets customers manage and secure devices and applications across heterogeneous networks, also received the Tech Innovators Choice award for an enterprise solution in the "Non-Web services" category, while Novell Nterprise™ Linux Services was a finalist in the Linux category. VARBusiness magazine, which covers the business of technology integration, honored Novell at an awards event held on Oct. 27, 2003, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Novell garnered the overall Top Innovator award for having the most highly rated of some 400 products considered by the judges - ZENworks 6. "ZENworks 6 outpaced all the other products nominated across all categories, and by a wide margin," said VARBusiness Technology Editor David Strom, who oversaw the competition.

ZENworks 6 and Novell Nterprise Linux Services were among more than 400 entries submitted by nearly 250 companies in eight technology categories. "Innovations like those we've seen from Novell demonstrate the vibrancy and vitality of the technology industry," VARBusiness Editorial Director Robert C. DeMarzo said. "They represent breakthroughs for our solution-provider readers."

"Novell has a strong history of technology leadership," said Chris Stone, vice chairman, office of the CEO of Novell. "We helped invent local area networking back in the early 1980s, and continue to innovate today in areas like identity and resource management, and in driving open source into the enterprise. Our solution provider partners can be confident that we'll continue to provide best-of-breed technology going forward, giving them new opportunities to build more business, increase profitability, and become strategic partners to their customers. "

Novell will be recognized in the VARBusiness Dec. 15 "State of Technology" issue, which will include profiles, features and in-depth explanations of the technologies and products.

About VARBusiness Magazine

For the past 16 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides unique strategic business and technology insight for Solution Providers through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available on the magazine's Web site at http://www.varbusiness.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.

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