Novell And Intershop Announce Strategic Partnership To Provide Platform For Europe's Leading Online Retailers To Realise Linux Cost Savings And Efficiences

September 13, 2004

Novell Inc., (Nasdaq: NOVL) today announced a strategic partnership with Intershop, which will enable many of Europe's leading online retailers to port their operations to a Linux platform.

BARCELONA, Spain (BrainShare® Europe 2004)

Novell Inc., (Nasdaq: NOVL) today announced a strategic partnership with Intershop, which will enable many of Europe's leading online retailers to port their operations to a Linux platform.

Under the agreement, Intershop, one of the world's leading enablers of e-commerce, will port its e-commerce software Enfinity Suite 6 to Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9. This move will offer Intershop's extensive install-base of Europe's leading online retailers with the option to realize significant cost savings by running their operations on Linux.

"Intershop is one of the best known and respected e-business brands in the world," said Johan Rosius, Vice President, Alliances, Novell EMEA. "It has a very impress customer install-base which include many of the biggest names in European online retail including Tchibo, Quelle and Otto. The fact that many Intershop customers are demanding Linux solutions is telling endorsement that Linux is ready for the enterprise and delivers major advantages - not only in terms of cost of ownership, but also in easy of use and technical support. It also presents us with an exciting opportunity to take our market-leading SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 into the retail space."

"Novell is the ideal partner for Intershop to approach mid-sized enterprises," said Ralf Maennlein, Member of the Executive Management Board Sales and Marketing, Intershop. "Not only is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 best of breed, Novell also delivers world-beating technical, service and solution support. It's a fact of life that many of our customers are very interested in migrating to Open Source. Partnering with Novell enables them to move from the 'interest' stage, to the implementation phase - rapidly, easily and without interruption to business as usual."

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (Prime Standard: ISH1) is a leading provider of software solutions that help organizations evolve their trading relationships with consumers and business partners online. Founded in 1992, Intershop has a long tradition of driving innovation in e-commerce by automating and simplifying sales and buying processes. Intershop solutions enable organizations to consolidate and manage unlimited online commerce channels on a single platform. As a result, Intershop customers benefit from reduced operating expenses and competitive advantages in their online sales activities. More than 300 enterprise customers worldwide, including HP and BMW, run Intershop Solutions. Four of the five largest e-commerce sites in Germany rely on Intershop Solutions: Otto, Tchibo, Deutsche Telekom, and Quelle. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has branch offices in the United States, and Europe. More information about Intershop can be found on the Web at

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

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