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PlateSpin Products Being Rebranded from Novell to NetIQ

Back on September of 2010, VMblog reported the news from the Wall Street Journal that Novell was up for sale, and there were questions as to where Novell's PlateSpin product line would end up.  Well, fast forward to May 2011, and we now have much better answers to that very question.

Thanks to the folks over at Lanamark for uncovering the news.  While we wait for a press release announcement from Attachmate, Lanamark has uncovered a bit of detail which it exposed in one of its blog posts.  Lanamark writes:  

On November 22, 2010 Attachmate announced a definitive agreement to acquire Novell, including its portfolio of PlateSpin products. Now that the acquisition is complete, new details are emerging around Attachmate's strategy with the PlateSpin portfolio of products, which Novell acquired in 2008 for $205M. It now looks like PlateSpin products are being consolidated under NetIQ.

NetIQ was acquired by Attachmate on April 27, 2006 for approximately $495 million. The company has been around since 1995, employs approximately 1000 people and has mature systems and security management product lines. PlateSpin portfolio of products is a welcome extension, especially in areas of workload migration and disaster recovery.

Novell brand has been replaced by the NetIQ brand across PlateSpin products listed on the NetIQ website:

As of today, NetIQ still contains limited information about PlateSpin products online and points to Novell's website for more information. However, it is becoming clear how Attachmate will try to maximize the synergies between NetIQ and PlateSpin product lines under a single NetIQ brand, despite the historical strength of the Novell brand. Now we just need to wait for the official press announcement.

Thanks again to the folks from Lanamark for uncovering the news.

Published Monday, May 16, 2011 5:03 AM by David Marshall
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DAvidShephard - (Author's Link) - May 16, 2011 9:32 AM

Yes, PlateSpin will be part of the NetIQ business unit. Consider those NetIQ web pages a placeholder, rather than official rebranding at this stage. To quote VP John Delk: "What I can tell you is that we will be defining the combination of NetIQ and Novell Identity, Security/Compliance and Data Center Management products in the near term. There is much to work through, and for now, it is business as usual for all business units of The Attachmate Group" (

David Marshall - May 16, 2011 6:38 PM

Thanks for the update!

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