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Novell Ships SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10

Customers gain competitive advantage running critical business applications faster, more reliably and with more predictability

WALTHAM, Mass. | November 27, 2007

Novell today announced the availability of SUSE® Linux Enterprise Real Time 10, the latest version of Novell's enterprise-class, open source real-time operating system for running high-performance, time-sensitive, mission-critical applications. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10, financial organizations can respond more rapidly to changing markets and new information, get greater application reliability and predictability, and identify and eliminate performance bottlenecks. This will allow them to increase revenue opportunities and improve service to their customers, even while reducing computing infrastructure costs.

"In order to win in today's increasingly competitive global markets, companies need to be able to respond quickly while delivering superior products and services," said Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions for Novell. "Companies that leverage technology such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 to improve responsiveness and availability of critical business services will be better able to compete and grow their own top-line revenues."

With Novell's real-time technology, customers can segment portions of their processors for high-priority mission-critical workloads, as well as ensure that other system processes and tasks do not interrupt them. That means these workloads deliver predictable performance in time-critical environments. Fully supported by Novell®, SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 is the only open source, enterprise-class real-time operating system available in the market today.

Enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 include the latest enterprise-hardened open source technologies that reduce system latency or delay and improve predictability, such as CPU shielding, priority inheritance, sleeping spinlocks, interrupt threads, high-resolution timers and the latest OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution for commodity high-speed interconnects, OFED 1.2.5. As a result, customers gain time advantage over competitors to make more money or avoid financial losses. They can also increase the availability of their mission-critical applications to ensure quality-of-service targets and service level agreements are met, even while cutting hardware costs.

Partner Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10
Leading providers of market data feed handlers, messaging middleware, and real-time Java* are working with Novell to optimize their solutions on SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time and to ensure customers have the best possible performance and experience across their entire real-time stack.

Concurrent President and CEO Gary Trimm said, "SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 is fully instrumented for Concurrent's NightStar* debugging and analysis tools, giving customers the ability to unobtrusively view the run-time behavior of their applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time, identify bottlenecks and optimize performance. By using NightStar and SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time, customers can easily and quickly identify areas for improvement in their trading applications and simulations. We are pleased to continue our partnership with Novell on SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time. The joint efforts of both companies are focused on serving this important market."

Sun Vice President of the Client Software Group Laurie Tolson said, "Sun and Novell are working together to port and optimize Sun's Java Real-Time System to SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time, which will enable developers to gain temporal control over the execution of their Java software applications running on Linux. In addition, we expect this collaboration to extend the benefits of the Real-Time Specification for Java (RTSJ) to a mainstream Linux distribution and address the growing demand for predictable standards-based computing in industries such as aerospace, financial services, industrial automation, telecommunications and scientific research."

TIBCO Vice President of Product Marketing Jeff Kristick said, "As a leading provider of messaging software that supports the mission-critical requirements of some of the most demanding customers, TIBCO believes SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time is a great complement to our products like TIBCO Rendezvous* and TIBCO Enterprise Message Service*. We're currently working with Novell to support and certify our messaging software on SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time to ensure the delivery of an extremely reliable, flexible and high-performance messaging platform."

29West Inc. President and Founder Mark Mahowald said, "29West offers fast, efficient and lightweight streaming and persistent messaging systems targeted specifically at the financial industry's high-throughput/low-latency requirements. 29West and Novell are working together to ensure that our joint customers get the best possible performance from our Ultra Messaging* product line and SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time. We look forward to the additional enhancements our joint customers will receive."

Pricing and Availability
SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 is now available for a suggested $2,500 annual subscription. Current SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time customers are eligible for upgrade subscriptions to SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 at no additional charge. More information on pricing and availability can be found at www.novell.com/realtime.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 inherits the strengths of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. The next-generation platform for the open enterprise, SUSE Linux Enterprise is the best-engineered and most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing, from the desktop to the data center. SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time is fully integrated with ZENworks® Orchestrator, Novell's solution for scalably managing heterogeneous resources. Together, the two products extend low-latency benefits beyond applications and into the data center. For more information on SUSE Linux Enterprise offerings from Novell, visit www.novell.com/linux.
About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the Open Enterprise. Novell is a leader in desktop to data center operating systems based on Linux* and the software required to secure and manage mixed IT environments. Novell helps customers around the world minimize cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.novell.com.

Novell, SUSE and ZENworks are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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