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Novell Completes PlateSpin Acquisition

Combined systems management offering gives customers complete workload lifecycle management across the data center

WALTHAM, Mass. | March 31, 2008

Novell today announced it has completed its acquisition of PlateSpin Ltd., a leader in workload lifecycle management solutions for the enterprise data center. PlateSpin allows the movement of workloads between physical and virtual environments regardless of platform or operating system. These capabilities, combined with Novell's systems management solutions, enable customers to fully leverage their virtualization investments and reduce both costs and server sprawl in their data centers.

“The addition of PlateSpin to Novell's existing enterprise IT management and Linux solutions will give customers the capabilities they need to build their next generation data center,” said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of Novell® Systems and Resource Management. “With solutions for data center consolidation, virtualization, relocation, disaster recovery and ongoing optimization, customers now have powerhouse technology to reduce cost, minimize risk and create value across heterogeneous environments with flexibility, interoperability and agility.”

Stephen Pollack, founder and CEO of PlateSpin, said, “We are excited to be joining the Novell organization and a global team of people committed to the vision of optimizing the data center. We will continue to focus on the development of the PlateSpin product line and look forward to the new synergies our combined offerings will bring to customers.”

With the closing of the acquisition, PlateSpin will become part of the Novell Systems and Resource Management business unit and continue to develop and market its solutions to a global customer base. This is another key step in Novell's strategy to help customers integrate their mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit

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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

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