Novell today announced the immediate availability of Novell® exteNd* 5.2, a powerful service-oriented architecture (SOA) suite with complete Linux* support from the desktop to the server to visually design and deploy Web services-based applications. Novell exteNd 5.2 delivers visual development tools that make it even easier to integrate disparate systems through identity-based portal services to build composite applications on the industry’s broadest range of application servers and platforms.

Novell exteNd is also the only SOA suite that deploys to the leading J2EE* application servers including IBM WebSphere*, BEA WebLogic*, Jakarta Tomcat* and the exteNd Application Server. Also announced today, Novell will be adding support for, and eventually bundling, the market-leading open source application server, JBoss* (please see press release issued Aug. 3, 2004).

“Novell is clearly driving the adoption of Linux and J2EE with this latest release of Novell exteNd,” said Ron Grimes, Sinclair Oil senior Web developer. “Sinclair Oil has committed to Linux as the organizational standard, so having the option to develop and deploy to Linux is critical to our success. Novell’s commitment to open source is evident with its plans to support JBoss in future releases.”

Novell exteNd 5.2 brings the power of visual Web services development to Linux users, masking the complexity of J2EE and accelerating the delivery of secure, composite applications on Linux. The addition of support for Linux desktops in Novell exteNd 5.2 provides complete Linux support from the desktop to the server. With support for SUSE® and Red Hat* Linux, Windows*, NetWare® and Solaris*, customers can now design and deploy composite applications on the platforms of their choice within a diverse IT
infrastructure environment. In addition to full support for Linux, Novell exteNd 5.2 also adds PeopleSoft* connectivity to its extensive list of integration options.

Novell CTO Alan Nugent said, “Novell exteNd on Linux leverages open source and SOA to provide a proven application platform for our customers. With Novell exteNd 5.2, Linux developers can now rapidly design identity-enabled SOA-based applications using intuitive visual design tools directly on their Linux desktops. From legacy integration to portals and identity services, from Linux to Windows and NetWare, Novell exteNd 5.2 underscores our commitment to developers by making it easier to deliver advanced, composite applications across the broadest range of market-leading platforms.”

The award-winning Novell exteNd suite features drag-and-drop tools that make it easier for enterprise developers to integrate legacy systems and applications using Web services. These services can then be orchestrated to automate business processes and be delivered through dynamic, identity-enabled portals with little or no programming.

Pricing and Availability
Novell exteNd 5.2 is now available starting at $50,000 per CPU through Novell and its channel partners. A free 30-day evaluation is also available for download at For more information about Novell exteNd, please visit