IBM and Novell to Offer WebSphere on NetWare

Delivers industry-leading Web application server capabilities to the world's largest installed base of network operating systems

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, BRAINSHARE - 22 Mar 1999: -- IBM today announced an agreement with Novell to include IBM's WebSphere, one of the industry's leading Java-based Web application servers, with Novell's NetWare operating system. The landmark agreement will bring the power of IBM's e-business solutions to Novell's 92+ million NetWare users, while allowing IBM to gain considerable market penetration through one of the world's best-selling operating systems.

As part of the agreement, IBM's WebSphere* Application Server, Standard Edition, which provides a Web application-deployment environment and Web site management tools, will be licensed to Novell for inclusion in its directory-enabled operating system, NetWare.

The agreement also licenses Novell to resell WebSphere Advanced Edition, which extends the capabilities of the Standard Edition for scaling Web sites into secure, transactional e-business applications. The Advanced Edition, running on NetWare, will enable Novell customers to use Enterprise JavaBeans** to connect Web applications to existing and host-based transaction systems, and offers sophisticated tools that simplify the development and deployment of distributed component-based applications.

"This agreement is significant in providing customers the support they need to conduct Web-based business activity," said John Swainson, General Manager, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Software. "With IBM's WebSphere products, Novell can now provide its NetWare customers the technology to quickly transform into e-businesses. It's a win-win for IBM, Novell and customers who are ready to make the benefits of e-business real."

"Novell and IBM agree strongly that the Internet is fast becoming the de facto network for business information flow and electronic commerce," said Chris Stone, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. "Technologies such as Java, and Enterprise JavaBeans, IBM WebSphere and Novell NetWare create a value net whose focal point is the Web application server. Our companies are working together to create and underwrite that value net."

Today's announcement marks another chapter in the complementary relationship between IBM and Novell, which includes NetWare support across additional IBM products such as the Netfinity and OS/390 server lines. Both companies strive to deliver open, enterprise-level solutions based on Java and industry standards, such as XML, Enterprise JavaBeans, and LDAP, which often leads to frequent collaboration and an overlap of corporate developers and ISVs. The combination of a portable, Java-based Web application server solution with one of the industry's strongest platform features will benefit the mutual customers of Novell and IBM as they move to an e-business environment. Novell's new native support for the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) allows for interoperability with other LDAP-based directories and applications like WebSphere.

"Through this distribution agreement with Novell, combined with IBM's own distribution across the IBM platforms, WebSphere now commands a huge market lead," said Timothy Sloane Director, Internet Infrastructure Research Aberdeen Group. "As Java Web Developers and ISV's decide which platform to utilize for initial application deployment, this market leadership will make WebSphere an obvious choice."

Enterprise JavaBeans and WebSphere

Enterprise JavaBeans, Java, Java Servlets and Java Server Pages technology are key parts of IBM's overall strategy for providing open solutions that integrate with existing IT environments. The WebSphere family allows customers to utilize this technology to build scaleable, secure applications for conducting transactions across a wide variety of platforms.

The Enterprise JavaBean support in IBM's WebSphere product line is supplemented by its VisualAge* application development products. VisualAge for Java provides developers with an easy-to-use development environment
for building industry-standard Java applications and significantly simplifies the process of creating Enterprise JavaBean components.

WebSphere also supports IBM's SanFrancisco application framework, a component-based environment for building off-the-shelf, Java-based applications. SanFrancisco will give NetWare developers a way to reuse code to quickly create industry-specific applications for their customers.

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