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Novell (Waltham, Massachusetts) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS; Washington) signed an agreement for unlimited use of Novell’s Linux product portfolio.

Novell said it is the only Linux vendor with such an enterprise agreement with the department, which also includes the National Institutes of Health (NIH; Bethesda, Maryland). As part of an enterprise software initiative to promote aggregate buying and distribution in support of President George Bush’s management agenda, the agreement is expected to help reduce costs and ease procurement for the HHS and NIH, it said.

The company has created bundled product offerings that will significantly ease the licensing process, as well as provide HHS customers flexibility on both pricing and deployment. HHS users will have unlimited access, up-grade protection and technical support for Novell’s leading products, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Novell Open Enterprise Server, Novell Linux Desktop, patch management and a range of identity-based services for management, integration and security.

Enexity (Austin, Texas), a provider of secure Virtual Support Networks, reported that Misys Healthcare Sys-tems (Raleigh, North Carolina), a developer of healthcare IT products, has chosen Enexity’s SecureLink VSN for its remote support needs.

Jeff Swearingen, CEO and co-founder of Enexity, said, “We . . . realize the importance of complying with HIPAA for our healthcare customers and our real-time monitoring and advanced reporting capabilities further that goal.”