Novell positions NDS as a meta directory

Novell positions NDS as a meta directory

In a move to position Novell Directory Services (NDS) as a meta directory for controlling and synchronising multiple directories, Novell is expected to announce this week an agreement to resell NetVision's Synchronicity products. Novell last month invested more than $US2 million in that company.

Novell plans to begin selling Synchronicity for Exchange, Notes, and NetWare 3.0 early in 1999, said Michael Simpson, director of marketing at Novell, when the next version of Synchronicity is due to ship. This version will feature integration with Novell's NDS for Windows NT.

NetVision's Synchronicity products use NDS as the host repository and automatically replicate any changes made in one directory to the others, using user-defined rules and policies.

"Novell has long needed to improve the meta-directory capabilities of NDS," said Jamie Lewis, president of the Burton Group.

"By investing in NetVision and reselling its products, which provide much better integration than Novell's own products, the company is clearly saying it's willing to do what it must to solve customers' needs," Lewis added.

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