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Novell Inc. said Monday it has completed acquisition of PlateSpin Ltd., whose products are expected to allow Novell customers to use their computer systems more efficiently with a greater variety of applications.

In February, Novell said it would acquire the Toronto-based company for $205 million in cash. Novell was founded in Utah and still has its largest office in Provo, although its headquarters are in Massachusetts.

The PlateSpin purchase is part of Novell's strategy to sell "agile" software that allows companies to use their systems to run a variety of applications no matter the operating system for which they were originally designed. For example, a program designed for Microsoft's Windows could run on a system based on Linux, the open-source software system that Novell has embraced.

In a news release, Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of Novell Systems and Resource Management, said the acquisition will give Novell customers "the capabilities they need to build their next-generation data center."

-Tom Harvey