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Novell Recognizes Leading Partners

Awards celebrate performance of top hardware, software, training and solution provider partners

WALTHAM, Mass. | March 31, 2005

Novell announced at its recent Partner Summit its 2004 awards for technology, training, and solution provider partners of the year, reflecting the important added value that partners bring to Novell's Linux and identity offerings. The partners were recognized for their best practices, customer focus, demand and revenue generation, and success in building strong customer relationships and profitable businesses using Novell solutions.

Winners of the partner of the year awards were selected for their ability to grow their businesses around Novell's product lines. All these partners contributed significantly to Novell's business while expanding their own Novell-based revenues, a win-win proposition that underpins the business value of Novell's partner-focused approach. Each of these partners contributed significantly in driving forward the global ecosystem supporting Novell's Linux and identity services offerings.

Partners honored for their work in 2004 (see attached for more details) include:

North American Solution Provider Partner of the Year

  • Novacoast – Santa Barbara, California

North American Regional Solution Provider Partners of the Year

  • Central – The Harding Group, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  • Midwest – Denmac Systems, LLC, Deerfield, Illinois
  • Southeast – Advanced Logic Industries, Forest, Virginia
  • NorthEast – Computer Integrated Services of New York, New York
  • West – Novacoast, Santa Barbara, California
  • Canada – Terran Innovations, Ontario

Independent Software Vendor Partner of the Year

  • Bakbone Software

Independent Hardware Vendor Partner of the Year

  • Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Training Partners of the Year

  • New Horizons Learning Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Computer Education Services, McLean, Virginia

National Reseller Partner of the Year

  • Softchoice

National Distribution Partner of the Year

  • Ingram Micro

"Novell's channel partners add significant value to our solutions in their relationships with customers," said Mark Hardardt, vice president and general manager, worldwide partners and channels. "In addition, our technology partners provide critical application and hardware support to expand our global ecosystem, and our training partners ensure customers have access to the expertise needed for their Novell deployments. Novell succeeds when our partners succeed."

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at

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