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PolyServe And SUSE Partner To Deliver Enterprise Linux Solutions

PolyServe, Inc. and SUSE Linux announced their agreement to jointly provide Linux support and services to enterprise customers worldwide.

August 13, 2002

Today, PolyServe, Inc. and SUSE Linux announced their agreement to jointly provide Linux support and services to enterprise customers worldwide. The two companies also plan to cooperate on co-sales and marketing activities for enterprise applications such as clustered databases, application servers, and web and file servers. PolyServe and SUSE are collaborating on the certification of the PolyServe Matrix Server cluster file system with cluster databases in conjunction with major server vendors. Sales forces for PolyServe and SuSE are already engaged in joint field sales activities for database solutions in the United States and Europe.

PolyServe provides system software that simplifies the management of enterprise applications running on clusters of Intel-based servers. PolyServe Matrix Server is a cluster file system (CFS) that binds a cluster of Intel-based servers into a highly flexible, centrally managed server farm. This CFS enables multiple Intel-based servers to read and write to multiple single shared file systems on a storage area network (SAN). This capability provides the scalability and availability of expensive proprietary systems but with cost-effective industry standard hardware and software.

SUSE is a leading provider of complete solutions based on Linux. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server presents professional Linux users an unprecedented full-service offer. In addition to the operating system basis, optimized for stability and security, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 offers best-of-breed server capabilities, e.g. file, print, Web, mail and firewall services. Release cycles of one year provide planning security. The system maintenance guarantees long-term investment security, since the certifications of leading hardware and software providers remain valid even after an update.

"We are pleased to be working with SUSE and are excited about the opportunities this partnership creates for both companies," said Mike Stankey, CEO of PolyServe. "SUSE is a leader in bringing Linux solutions to the enterprise. The combination of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and PolyServe Matrix Server creates a powerful, cost-effective platform for mission-critical applications in the data center."

"Together with PolyServe, we provide our enterprise customers high-class Linux solutions tailored to their most pressing requirements - flexibility and cost-efficiency throughout the IT infrastructure," said Boris Nalbach, CTO of SUSE Linux AG.

"We see PolyServe Matrix Server as an important manageability tool for customers moving enterprise applications onto SUSE Linux Enterprise Server," said Holger Dyroff, head of SUSE Inc. in Oakland, California. "With this PolyServe partnership, we can jointly offer a powerful new set of system software products to our customers worldwide."

To learn more about PolyServe - SUSE enterprise Linux solutions, please visit the companies' booths at Linux World. PolyServe is located at booth#655 and SUSE at booth #1569.

About PolyServe, Inc.

Based in San Francisco, Calif., with a development center in Beaverton, Oregon, PolyServe provides system software that enables customers to create flexible server farms for mission critical applications using standard Intel-based servers attached to networked storage. PolyServe has attracted approximately $43 million in investment led by Greylock, New Enterprise Associates and The Roda Group. To learn more about PolyServe, visit

About Novell
Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure identity management (Novell® Nsure™), Web application development (Novell exteNd™) and cross-platform networking services (Novell Nterprise™), all supported by strategic consulting and professional services (Novell NgageSM). Active in the open source community with its Ximian and SUSE Linux brands, Novell is firmly committed to open source and offers comprehensive Linux products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server. Novell's vision of one Net - a world without information boundaries - helps customers realize the value of their information securely and economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit Press should visit

Novell is a registered trademarks; Nsure, exteNd and Nteprise are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark of SUSE Linux AG. * All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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