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. . . New ICS appliances handle ten times more Web traffic than
traditional solutions . . .


IBM today announced new eServer* xSeries** appliances for Internet
caching. The xSeries models come embedded with Novell's industry leading
Caching System that gives web servers the ability to handle in excess of
ten times more web traffic than before.

The eServer xSeries Internet Caching Solution (ICS) appliance is a
purpose-built server that functions as a web browser or web server
accelerator. It provides an unparalleled combination of speed, fault
tolerance and manageability, improving user productivity and reducing time
spent waiting on the Internet while browsing external or internal
websites.

In a reverse proxy configuration, the xSeries ICS appliance is placed
between a Web server and the Internet. Inbound content requests are
intercepted by the appliance, which serves cached pages locally. In this
configuration, the appliance typically caches about 85 percent of a
server's content, significantly reducing the customer's wait time and
increasing satisfaction.

Having an xSeries ICS appliance installed in the network allows companies
to capitalize on throughput, saving this critical resource for other tasks
and transactions and enabling the business to become more profitable.

The xSeries ICS appliance is easy to install and manage and is performance
optimized with pre-configured memory, storage and LAN cards. No native
operating system is required, which means that an ICS appliance can be
plugged into a network infrastructure in as few as 10 minutes. The ICS
appliance boots automatically and configures through any of the popular
Internet interfaces.

The xSeries ICS appliance provides many customer benefits including:

· Reduces browser and web server response time

· Lower network telecommunications and bandwidth costs

· Faster e-commerce transactions

· Reduced customer wait time

· Controlled access to unsolicited web sites

· Best price/performance caching solution in the market today

· Increased employee productivity

· Return on investment achievable in less than 4 months

· Ability to scale e-business infrastructures to handle peak demand

· No need for native operating systems taking out inhibiting performance
issues

· Low cost of ownership due to low system management requirements

· True plug & play internet appliance

The following IBM eServer xSeries models will be available as ICS
appliances:

· x220, Pentium III, 866 MHz, 128 MB, 9,1 GB, tower (£ 3,129)

· x330, Pentium III, 866 MHz, 512 MB, 2 x 18,2 GB, rack (£ 7,048)

· x330, Pentium III, 866 MHz, 1 GB, 1 x 18,2 GB, rack (£ 7,543)

· x340, Pentium III, 866 MHz, 1 GB, 3 x 18,2 GB, rack (£ 9.828)

· x340, Pentium III, 866 MHz, 2 GB, 6 x 18,2 GB, rack (£ 17,851)

· x340, Pentium III, 866 MHz, 4 GB, 3 x 18,2 GB, rack (£ 23, 929)



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About IBM PSG

A pioneer in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge personal computing
solutions since 1981, IBM's Personal Systems Group (PSG) offers a
comprehensive family of products for optimised performance in a networked
world. These range from compact Work Pads and award winning ThinkPad
mobiles to powerful IntelliStation workstations, eServer xSeries and the
sleek NetVista line of next generation desktops and thin clients. All
incorporate innovative IBM design features and is backed by the company's
unsurpassed worldwide customer support and service networks.

For information on how to buy a range of products from IBM PSG please
visit Shop IBM: http://www.ibm.com/shop/uk


or call 0870 010 2500

About IBM eServer xSeries

The xSeries is IBM's line of scalable industry-standard, Intel-based
servers that enable customers to confidently run their e-businesses. The
xSeries leverages IBM's X-Architecture leadership to provide highly
scalable servers for multiple operating environments, which incorporate
the latest mainframe technologies at the right price for customers of all
enterprises. For further information please visit
http://www.pc.ibm.com/europe/xseries.html


About Novell

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the leading provider of Net services
software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks
- the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and
public - across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software
provides the foundation for one Net -a single global network that supports
new applications and forms of business. Worldwide channel, consulting,
education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances,
combine Novell* Net services software with third-party products and
services to form complete Net solutions. If you want to know more about
Novell, please visit http://www.novell.com


*The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo
with the descriptive term "server" following it.

**The IBM e-business logo, xSeries, iSeries, pSeries and zSeries are all
trademarks of IBM Corporation. All others are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.

Media Contacts:

Clare Behling

PR Manager, IBM PSG UK and Ireland

Tel: 0207 202 3259

clare_behling@uk.ibm.com


Or

Louisa Judge / David Ashford

Brodeur Worldwide

(On behalf of IBM)

Tel: 01753 790700

Ljudge@uk.brodeur.com / dashford@uk.brodeur.com

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