Network resellers and integrators look like they will have another struggling vendor-turned service provider to compete with, now that it appears Banyan has thrown in the directory towel.
Last week, Banyan and Microsoft announced an alliance aimed at migrating users of Banyan's VINES network operating system and its StreetTalk directory to Microsoft's Windows 2000 and Active Directory.
In turn, Microsoft will invest $US10 million in Banyan's network services business.
Banyan said it would use the money to add 500 Microsoft-certified service technicians to its service organisation, which will work in conjunction with Microsoft Consulting Services.
The two service groups will collaborate on the design and delivery of packaged service and support offerings that support Microsoft's enterprise platforms. Co-development and technology sharing could be inevitable, how-ever, with the companies promising ambitious initiatives that include an integrated messaging infrastructure, directory synchronisation and migration tools, and cooperative work to design and implement Internet infrastructure and Web application solutions.
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Banyan's Microsoft-centric consulting services include several features.
Banyan BeyondMail/Microsoft Exchange mail integration and migrationBanyan Vines/Windows NT integration and migrationBanyan StreetTalk directory planning, design, and integration with Microsoft Active DirectoryInternet application development and integration