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Attachmate, based in Bellevue, Wash., said it plans to operate Novell as two business units, Novell and SUSE, and join them with its other business holdings. SUSE is Novell's version of the Linux operating system.
Attachmate develops software for terminal emulation, legacy software modernization, systems and security management, and application integration. Founded in 1982, the company was acquired by three private investment firms in 2005: Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Bravo and merged with WRQ, another host emulation software vendor. In 2006 Attachmate acquired NetIQ, a developer of systems management and security management software.
Novell may be best known for its aging NetWare network operating system that lost out to Microsoft Windows long ago. More recently the vendor has focused on the Linux market with its SUSE Linux, and software for what the company calls "intelligent workload management." Novell's ZENworks virtualization and systems management software and its Novell Identity Manager security application are thought to particularly fit with Attachmate's product lines.
The Novell acquisition "greatly complements our existing portfolio," said Attachmate CEO Jeff Hawn, in a statement that referenced Novell's "established record of innovation, impressive technology and brand assets, and a leading ecosystem of partnerships and talented employees."
"The addition of Novell to our Attachmate and NetIQ businesses will enhance the spectrum of solutions we can offer to customers," he said. "We fully support Novell's commitment to its customers and we look forward to continuing to invest for the benefit of Novell's customers and partners."