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 BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Zenith Data Systems' announcement of the world's first turnkey Z-STOR Personal Server today was the result of the Desktop Workgroup Computing Initiative between ZDS and Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: NOVL).
 In this initiative, the companies worked closely during the development of the Z-STOR and Personal NetWare to assure the best possible hardware/software combination in terms of simplicity, ease-of- use and performance.
 The Z-STOR Personal Server is a server that locally connects desktop or notebook PCs or a remote office with a central facility. By providing information sharing, communications and workgroup capabilities to customers, the Z-STOR Personal Server allows easier access to sharable resources.
 "Zenith Data Systems began the Z-STOR project with a customer-driven design perspective," said David O'Connor, executive vice president of ZDS' Worldwide Product Group. "One of the criteria for this product was a clean, strong server operating system. The development of Novell DOS 7 and Personal NetWare fit the package we meant to deliver.
 "By working with Novell in the initial design phase and throughout the development of Personal NetWare, we provided feedback to ensure a cohesive fit between these products."
 O'Connor said that this kind of synergy between a hardware designer and a software developer "will have far-reaching effects in the workgroup computing market, effects well beyond this initial product offering."
 He added that Novell's DOS 7 and Personal NetWare product are "the only workgroup operating systems available with the flexibility and fail-safe features needed to assure the Z-STOR's success."
 These features include: seamless integration with NetWare; single- network view allowing any user on the network to see and access any file or resource on the network without having to know where it resides; and auto-reconnect to servers available to the workgroup if the network goes down, is hung, or otherwise malfunctions.
 "The close working relationship between Novell and ZDS in building an innovative desktop workgroup computing product has resulted in a tremendous benefit to our customers, because the Z-STOR Personal Server ships with Novell DOS 7 and Personal NetWare pre-installed and pre-configured," said Richard King, general manager and executive vice president of Novell's NetWare Systems Group.
 "Novell and ZDS worked together on the Z-STOR project from the initial concept and design phase through production to assure a tightly integrated hardware and software plug-and-play desktop workgroup solution," he said.
 Throughout the 12-month design and production cycle of the Z-STOR Personal Server, close cooperation between Novell and ZDS assured that the three top design criteria for the Z-STOR were met or exceeded. ZDS' goal with the Z-STOR was to reduce the "barriers of entry" to customers who want the benefits of networking. The goal was realized by:
 -- True plug-and-play workgroup computing, with no Certified NetWare engineer (CNE) required. The Z-STOR Personal Server extends ZDS' commitment to integrated connectivity. "The Z-STOR runs right out of the box, and network connections and software are built in," O'Connor said.
 -- A price point within reach of small businesses and workgroups. The Z-STOR Personal Server Model 400 costs less than $1,000.
 -- Easy upgrades and maintenance. All options snap in and are autoconfigured by Z-STOR. The Personal Server can be remotely managed through Novell management tools.
 "By working closely with Novell, we could determine which self- configuring options, software defaults and other fail-safe features could be handled by Z-STOR and Personal NetWare," said O'Connor. "This makes the Z-STOR a true 10-minute network. Novell and ZDS are serious about cultivating this market between traditional networks and the desktop, and only a co-developed hardware/software platform with this value, power and simplicity will gain quick acceptance."
 Novell, Inc. is a leading computer networking company worldwide, an information systems software company, developer of network services, specialized and general purpose operating system products, and applications tools. Novell's NetWare, UnixWare and AppWare families of products provide matched software components for distributing information resources within local, wide area and internetworked information systems.
 Zenith Data Systems, a Bull company, is a leading supplier of notebook, subnotebook and desktop PCs, servers, monitors and related peripherals. With headquarters in Buffalo Grove, the company has engineering facilities in St. Joseph, Mich., Santa Clara, Calif., and Billerica, Mass.; manufacturing facilities in St. Joseph, Mich.; and sales locations in more than 30 countries.
 For more information, call 800-553-0331.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Zenith Data Systems is no longer part of Zenith Electronics Corporation. Please refer to Zenith Data Systems on second reference as "ZDS" or "Zenith Data." Please do not refer to ZDS as "Zenith."
 Trademark and trade names are used to identify the entities claiming the marks and names of their products. Zenith Data Systems disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own./
 /CONTACT: Steve Bosak or David Dalton of Zenith Data Systems, 708-808-4848; or Roberta Alfred of Novell, 408-970-1478/

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