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PROTEON, NOVELL EXPAND RELATIONSHIP TO ASSURE ROUTER INTEROPERABILITY

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON), reinforcing a long standing relationship with Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), today announced its commitment to implement Novell's Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) WAN specification (IPX/WAN) and NetWare Link Services Protocol (NLSP).
 It was also announced that an advance implementation of Proteon's IPX/WAN software will be demonstrated between the Novell and Proteon booths at fall Interop, Aug. 25-27, San Francisco. This will be the first public interoperability demonstration over wide area links between a Novell NetWare MultiProtocol Router (MPR) and a third-party router. Company officials said the demonstration will include a NetWare router interoperating with a Proteon Corporate Network eXchange (CNX) 500 bridging router. Proteon's full IPX/WAN implementation will be released later this year, while an NLSP release is expected in Q3 '94.
 NLSP, a link state routing protocol currently under development at Novell, is designed to improve the scalability, reliability, and manageability of IPX networks. The Novell IPX/WAN specification defines how various protocols should interoperate with IPX over wide area links. This effort assures users that they can interoperate with Proteon bridging routers and Novell (NMR) on the same network.
 According to Karyn Mashima, vice president of corporate marketing, "Proteon's development effort continues to ensure customers that they can utilize a variety of leading-edge technologies to build high performance internetworks. NLSP and IPX/WAN are emerging network technologies that will impact a large universe of customers. Proteon's implementation builds on our already strong commitment to industry standards and interoperability."
 Mashima added, "We strongly endorse NLSP link state routing, a protocol based on link technology that we helped pioneer with the development of the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol. Proteon's IPX/WAN implementation is particularly important because it allows users to easily combine Proteon and Novell routers in the same network."
 "As customers begin to implement major IPX-based internetworks, a critical requirement is the ability to mix and match routers from different vendors," said Novell's Interoperability Systems Group. "Novell will continue to work closely with Proteon to make sure our mutual customers are well served. We see Proteon's implementation of these technologies as a major industry benefit."
 Novell Inc. is an operating system software company, the developer of network services, specialized and general purpose operating systems products including NetWare, UnixWare and DR DOS. Novell's NetWare network computing product manages and controls the sharing of services, data and applications among computer workgroups, departmental networks and business-wide information systems.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Grillo or Karin Bakis, both of Proteon Inc., 508-898-2800; or Doug Laird, Interoperability Systems Group, Novell, Inc., 408-321-1167/
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