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VARBusiness Awards Novell Top Honors in Systems and Network Management

Partners give Novell high marks in product innovation, support and partnership categories

WALTHAM, Mass. | August 27, 2008

Novell today announced it has been named overall winner and Company of the Year in Systems and Network Management in the 2008 Annual Report Card (ARC) from Everything Channel's VARBusiness. The VARBusiness ARC awards, now in its 23rd year, recognize outstanding partner programs and superb vendor service in 18 major product categories. In addition to being awarded Company of the Year in Systems and Network Management, Novell took first place in the three Systems and Network Management sub-categories, product innovation, support and partnership, which determine performance and partner satisfaction.

"The VARBusiness Annual Report Card reflects the level of commitment vendors have to the channel and to their solution provider partners," said Robert C. DeMarzo, senior vice president and editorial director, Everything Channel editorial. "High marks in the Systems and Network Management category is an indicator of the value that the partner ecosystem puts on Novell's product quality and innovation, partner programs and support."

With automated, policy-based systems and resource management solutions, Novell helps customers align IT to their business goals and reduces the cost, complexity and risks of managing their desktops and servers. From Novell® ZENworks® Configuration Management for desktop management to the PlateSpin® line of virtualization management tools, Novell is working with its partners to bring customers the best solutions for making their IT infrastructure work as one.

"Winning the VARBusiness ARC award for Systems and Network Management the first year that the category was introduced, is truly an honor and we extend our thanks to all the systems integrators, IT consulting organizations, value-added resellers, solution providers and software developers who supported us for this recognition," said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager for Novell Systems and Resource Management. "This award demonstrates Novell's commitment to a partner-led sales model and deep relationships with partners to deliver the products and support our joint customers need to be successful."

Winners were selected by VARBusiness editorial based on the survey results of more than 5,000 systems integrators, IT consulting organizations, value-added resellers (VARs), solution providers and software developers.

For more information about Novell's systems and resource management solutions, visit www.novell.com/zenworks.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers the best engineered, most interoperable Linux platform and a portfolio of integrated IT management software that helps customers around the world reduce cost, complexity and risk. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell harmoniously integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit www.novell.com.

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