Siebel Systems and Novell to Cooperate on Linux

Siebel Systems to Support Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 to Offer Choice, Flexibility to Enterprise Customers

8 August 2005

Siebel Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEBL), a leading provider of customer-facing solutions, and Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), a leading provider of infrastructure software and services, today announced that they have extended their partnership to provide support for Siebel business applications on Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9. The broadened scope of complementary offerings will enable their customers to deploy mission-critical Siebel applications on an open source platform, backed by enterprise-class support and the flexibility to choose from a wide range of hardware options.

Siebel Systems’ product development team will work directly with Novell’s engineering organization to take full advantage of Novell’s Linux platform. The extended development partnership will deliver support for standards-based computing solutions and optimize the Siebel suite of applications to meet the performance and scalability needs of the most demanding business requirements, while providing a lower total cost of ownership to the enterprise.

“This new product initiative enables Siebel to offer our customers the additional choice of using Novell’s fully supported Linux platform for their Siebel deployments,” said Skip Bacon, Vice President, Technology, Siebel Systems. “Specifically, this effort will allow customers of all sizes the opportunity to leverage standards-based computing technologies and exploit SUSE Linux’s integrated management capabilities to enable system administrators to more rapidly deploy, configure, and operate their production systems. We look forward to continuing to work with Novell and deliver world-class enterprise solutions to our customers.”

“Siebel's selection of Novell is more proof that SUSE Linux is ready for prime time,” said David Patrick, Novell’s Vice President and General Manager, Linux, Open Source Platforms and Services. “The combination of Siebel’s market-leading customer-facing applications and Novell’s infrastructure leadership will deliver innovative solutions that companies need to succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace.”

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at

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