Novell now will operate as two business units under the Novell and SUSE Linux brand names and join Attachmate and NetIQ as holdings of the Attachmate Group.
Attachmate Group on April 27 reported that it has closed the $2.2 billion acquisition of open-source
enterprise software maker Novell, a deal first announced on Nov. 22, 2010
stockholders accepted the merger in February 2011
, now will operate as
separate business units under the Novell and SUSE Linux brand names and join
Attachmate and NetIQ as holdings of the Attachmate Group.
was delayed a few weeks in March 2011
due to the sale of 882 patents to a
Microsoft-led consortium of vendors during the Attachmate acquisition process.
Due diligence by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange
Commission in examining each of these patents took longer than expected.
which has about 65,000 customers, is an IT host connectivity and
systems/security management integrator that has offices on six continents and
is headquartered in Seattle. It is owned by an investment group led by
Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Bravo.
Why is Attachmate interested
in going into the open-source enterprise software business?
"No. 1, this is a very
attractive market, and we underscore our commitment to it by making SUSE
[Linux] a standalone business unit," Attachmate CEO Jeff Hawn told eWEEK.
"In fact, the business units are now Novell, SUSE, Attachment and Net
"The whole combination
is good for us because there was a large overlap in the customer base between
Attachmate/Net IQ and Novell/SUSE, and no overlap at all in the technologies.
This gets us into some attractive new markets-in many cases with our existing
Hawn also pointed out that
since Attachmate is a privately held company, "we don't have to market to
Publicly owned open-source
software companies are rare. Red Hat, of Cary N.C., is the best known and most
Attachmate Group software
and service products include IT operations management; open source software;
end-user computing and collaboration products; host connectivity and legacy
modernization; security, identity and compliance management; virtualization and