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SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time Now Certified and Supported on IBM Hardware and Middleware

Novell delivers reliability and high performance for mission critical applications running on IBM infrastructure

WALTHAM, Mass.
August 5, 2008

Enabling customers to run their time-critical business applications faster, and with more reliability and predictability, Novell today announced SUSE® Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 is now certified on select IBM BladeCenter hardware and supported by IBM WebSphere Real Time middleware. Utilizing best-of-breed products, Novell's real-time operating system and IBM's real-time Java hardware together ensure enterprises running latency-sensitive applications have the highest possible performance and availability across their entire solution stack.

"IBM and Novell are leveraging their strengths to deliver complete Linux-based solutions for customers looking for ways to reduce latency and increase the availability of their time-sensitive applications by running them on a certified and supported open source-based solution stack," said Inna Kuznetsova, director of Linux at IBM. "Real-time Linux enables customers to prioritize processes and allows for a predictable period of completion on many time-sensitive projects, including critical tasks such as derivatives trading."

Companies are increasingly standardizing on Java for its portability and time to market advantages. Until recently, however, enterprises running time-critical Java applications could not guarantee they would meet necessary time constraints and quality of service metrics. Combining IBM BladeCenter hardware and IBM WebSphere Real Time with SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 from Novell® ensures time-sensitive Java workloads will deliver predictable performance, each and every time. This means mission critical enterprises, such as financial services organizations, are able to meet their external and internal customer commitments.

"SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time from Novell is fully supported with WebSphere Real Time and certified on select IBM BladeCenter hardware," said Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell. "Enterprises that require their Java applications to meet strict deadlines now have access to an integrated, tested and optimized development and run-time environment for time-critical Java workloads."

Pricing and Availability

SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 is available for a suggested $2,500 annual subscription. 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 scalable management of 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 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.

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.

Press Contacts

Charlotte Betterley
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: 781-464-8253
Email: cbetterley@novell.com

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