Caldera Moves Linux Towards the Enterprise with Linux-neutral, Web-based,
OREM, UT-January 16, 2001- Caldera Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD), today
announced the release of Caldera( Volution( ("Volution"), a comprehensive
Linux management solution that reduces the cost of implementing and
Linux systems. With Caldera Volution, administrators can use policies and
profiles to manage thousands of Linux systems, without having to
individually manage or touch each. Volution is distribution-neutral -
designed to work with all major Linux distributions, and provides broad
management functions. To read industry reaction and what Volution users
saying visit http://www.calderasystems.com/company/press/quotes
Volution will significantly benefit ASPs, ISPs, hosting companies, systems
integrators and network administrators - anyone needing to manage multiple
Linux servers and desktops.
"The lack of Linux management solutions has been a barrier impeding Linux
adoption in enterprises," said Bill Claybrook, research director for Linux
and UNIX of Aberdeen Group. "Caldera Volution is a significant entry into
the Linux management space because of its comprehensiveness and Linux
neutrality. Enterprise administrators need a Linux-neutral solution to
them manage constantly changing Open Source software.
Caldera Volution is a Web-based remote management solution that allows
administrators to manage Linux systems from anywhere at anytime. It is
directory-based utilizing the inherent strengths of LDAP directories.
Directories provide two major benefits: They give administrators a place
not only store information, but a logical and intuitive way of managing
network resources. Volution supports three major LDAP directories,
eDirectory, OpenLDAP and iPlanet. OpenLDAP and eDirectory ship with the
"The strength of Caldera Volution is in its ability to manage all the
systems at a specific location as a discrete unit," said Patrick M Ebert,
manager of technical services and support at HON Industries, one of the
world's largest manufacturers of office furniture. "We expect it to
significantly reduce the cost of managing the Linux systems on our WAN.
a beta site we felt that Caldera Volution would help us successfully
our environment. We are implementing it throughout our enterprise: a wide
area network with 300 Intermec 5055 wireless industrial touch screen PCs
across 18 locations."
Supports all major Linux distributions
Secure Web-based management console
Electronic software distribution - installs and removes applications on
remote Linux systems
Hardware and software inventory
Health monitoring of Linux systems
Linux printer configuration
Scheduler/Global event system
Customizable machine profiling
Data repository based on an LDAP V3 directory
"In addition to its comprehensiveness, Caldera Volution distinguishes
in other areas," said Ransom Love, president and CEO of Caldera Systems.
"Our model is to empower administrators. We believe administrators want
need control of their Linux systems. We're also shipping Volution in nine
additional languages which shows it's ready for deployment in small to
Pricing, Availability and Support
The suggested list price for Caldera Volution is US $2995. Volution ships
with the Volution software, Novell eDirectory and OpenLDAP, a secure Web
server and licenses to manage up to 10 nodes. Additional nodes are sold
All international versions of Caldera Volution will be available within 30
days. They include: Chinese - simplified and traditional, French,
German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.
To purchase Caldera Volution dial 1-888-GoLinux, visit
Multiple support options are available from Caldera Systems or your local
For more information about Caldera Volution visit
What they're saying about Volution
Senior Vice President of Business Development
"Borland congratulates Caldera on the release of their Volution systems
management solution. We firmly believe the availability of
applications like Caldera's Volution will lead to wider adoption for
and we look forward to working with Caldera to make Linux a productive
development and deployment environment."
Vice President Brand Management
"CA and Caldera share a common goal to produce viable solutions for
utilizing Linux in corporate environments. Through Unicenter TNG and
Caldera's Volution companies can rest assured that a comprehensive
enterprise management solution is readily available. We look forward to
providing management solutions to our mutual customers."
Georg-Simon-Ohm-University of Applied Sciences Nuernberg
"Caldera Volution currently is the only available management solution for
Linux and perfectly fits our needs. Using the software distribution and
other administration features (e.g.
hardware-alerts), this product enables us to manage our large Linux
pools - doing so entirely Web-based and without the need to take care of
every single system."
Legend Computer, Ltd.
"Caldera Volution is a practical product with extensive capabilities. A
network management tool, it gives administrators power over software
distribution, hardware and software inventory, and system health
We see that it will effectively reduce the total cost of ownership for
implementing Linux networks."
Director of Product Management, Net Directory business unit
"The integration of eDirectory with Caldera Volution offers exceptional
value and performance to customers seeking secure and flexible management
their Linux networks. As the world's most largely deployed directory
service, eDirectory provides a solid foundation for eBusiness. With the
ability to support all standard access protocols and to work across all
leading operating systems, eDirectory is the only directory that can
eliminate barriers between network resources, enabling the Internet,
intranets and extranets to work together as one Net. Novell is pleased to
partner with Caldera in delivering a secure, powerful and cost-effective
tool for managing Linux networks."
Caldera Systems, Inc.
Caldera Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CALD) is a "Linux for Business" technology
leader in developing and marketing successful Linux-based business
solutions, including its award-winning OpenLinux, NetWare for Linux, Linux
technical training, certification and support-with free 30-day phone
and on-site consulting. Caldera OpenLearning Providers offer exceptional
distribution-neutral Linux training and certification based on Linux
Professional Institute (LPI() certification standards. Caldera Systems
supports the open source community and is a leader in, and advocate of
Standard Base (LSB() and LPI(.
Caldera, Inc. was co-founded in 1994 by Ransom Love. Caldera Systems, Inc.
was founded by Ransom Love in 1998 to develop Linux-based business
solutions. Based in Orem, UT, Caldera Systems has offices and 1000+
resellers worldwide. For more information, see http://www.calderasystems.com
the US call 888-GO-Linux (888-465-4689).
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a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Those factors
include the failure of the products described above to operate as designed
due to incompatibility with some platforms or other defects; our reliance
developers in the open source community; new and changing technologies and
customer acceptance of those technologies; the Company's ability to
effectively with other companies; failure of our brand to achieve the
recognition necessary to succeed; unenforceability of the GNU general
license; our reliance on third party developers of components of our
software offerings; claims of infringement of third-party intellectual
property rights; and disruption in the Company's distribution sales
These and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ
materially, are also discussed in the Company's filings with the
and Exchange Commission, including its recent filings on Form 10-Q.
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