Opsware Automation with Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Helps Lower TCO

Opsware provides expansive automation support for Novell’s popular SUSE Linux platform

Sunnyvale, CA – March 14, 2005 -- Opsware Inc, a leading provider of IT automation and utility computing software, today announced a solution to deliver Opsware automation capabilities designed to reduce the cost of managing servers which run on Novell's SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server 9. As SUSE LINUX rapidly gains adoption across large IT organizations, automated management becomes more critical to reduce the cost of ownership. The cooperative efforts between Opsware and Novell to port the Opsware solution to Novell's Linux platform have helped optimize the effectiveness of the solution for enterprise customers.

“With growing demand for SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server, customers are asking us for cost-effective ways to manage their installations,” said David Patrick, vice president and general manager of Linux and open source for Novell. “Opsware’s deep automation capabilities provide our customers with a very efficient, highly automated management solution for their Linux installations. We are committed to providing our customers with the most cost-effective Linux platform on the market, and the Opsware solution contributes additional value to our customers.”

Opsware has deeply integrated automation capabilities for SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9, providing customers with lower total cost of ownership by automating the complete IT operations lifecycle of servers, including provisioning, ongoing OS management, and security. For example, Opsware leverages YaST, the management foundation of SUSE LINUX solutions, enabling rapid deployment of a SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server across an enterprise. YaST is widely known as the best management foundation amongst the Linux platforms, and when combined with Opsware’s automation capabilities, enterprises can easily deploy SUSE LINUX and configure applications such as DNS, DHCP, SAMBA and certificate servers.

“As part of their efforts to improve efficiency and lower costs in their data centers, customers are migrating from proprietary UNIX to Linux, and in particular to SUSE LINUX platforms,” said Ben Horowitz, president and CEO of Opsware Inc. “This, in turn, drives greater demand for Opsware, as enterprises look to reduce the complexity and time associated with managing these servers. Opsware and Novell share a vision of a highly automated, efficient data center, and this solution is an important step in that direction.”

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) 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 provides a full range of Linux products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Centre at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) visit http://www.novell.com.

About Opsware Inc (NASDAQ: OPSW)

Opsware Inc. is a world leader in IT automation and utility computing software. The Opsware System automates the complete IT lifecycle and delivers utility computing by enabling IT to automatically provision, patch, configure, secure, change, scale, audit, recover, consolidate, migrate, and reallocate servers, network devices and applications. For more information on Opsware Inc., please visit our Web site at http://www.opsware.com.

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