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Novell And Software AG Announce Partnership To Accelerate Adoption On Linux In Xml Database Market

Agreement Marks The Creation Of Solution Stack Based On SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 And Tamino XML Server

BARCELONA, Spain (BrainShare® Europe 2004)
September 13, 2004

Novell Inc., (Nasdaq: NOVL) today announced a strategic partnership with Software AG to accelerate the adoption of Linux in the XML database software market.

Under the agreement Software AG will develop a solution stack based on Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and its Tamino XML Server and its EntireX Mediator integration product.

"Critically, under this agreement, Novell provides partner support for our SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 to Software AG, which will enable it to realise significant overall projects cost savings," said Johan Rosius, Vice President, Alliances, Novell EMEA. "Also, the addition of Software AG as a Novell alliance partner is another important step toward driving the adoption of Linux in Europe's XML database market. It also serves to extend our alliance partnerships with the region's leading ISVs to provide a complete technical services and support structure across all platforms to speed the adoption of Linux in the enterprise."

"As a company, we have two overarching goals - to focus on the development of our Enterprise Transaction Systems business and our XML Business Integration suite," said Karl-Heinz Streibich, CEO Software AG. "This partnership with Novell is particularly significant as it underpins our XML Business Integration suite with the best of breed SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9. Novell not only leads in Linux technologies, but its service, support, testing and proving expertise is second to none. Together, this is a vital value proposition for Software AG's customers in their migration to Open Source."

About Software AG

Software AG provides a real-time single view of strategic business information by integrating applications and systems, in addition to modernizing mainframe and open system IT environments. Its offerings are based on the product families Adabas, Natural, EntireX and Tamino. Around 2,500 employees in 59 countries support the mission-critical systems of 3,000 customers around the world. The company maintains four R&D facilities across three continents. Founded in 1969, Software AG today is Europe's largest and most established systems software provider. It is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany and is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 000330002 / SOW). In 2003 Software AG posted 420 million euros in total revenue.

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 http://www.novell.com. Press should visit http://www.novell.com/pressroom.

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