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Marketplace

The One-Stop-Shop for Data Synchronizer Connectors

Written by Ken Baker

To make it easier for you to take advantage of the real-time synchronization capabilities that Novell Data Synchronizer provides between different applications and mobile devices, the Data Synchronizer Marketplace Web site is now available at www.novell.com/marketplace. The Marketplace provides a place for customers to get the latest information on available Data Synchronizer connectors, find out what connectors will be available soon and request connectors that they need. Developers and vendors can use the Marketplace to promote their connectors, make them more accessible, learn what connectors their customers want them to develop and download the connector SDK.

Featured Connectors

The Featured Connectors section of the Marketplace promotes and facilitates access to currently available connectors for Novell Data Synchronizer.
(See Figure 1.) As of this writing, the available connectors include the Microsoft SharePoint, Mobility, Novell GroupWise, Salesforce.com, and Sugar CRM connectors developed by Novell, which have been described in detail in past articles. (See Higher Levels of Collaboration).

The Featured Connectors page also presents the recently released Notify Mobile Device Management (NotifyMDM) solution. Developed by Notify Technology, the NotifyMDM connector simplifies the centralized management and control of an array of wireless device platforms, such as iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7, HP/Pal WebOS and some Symbain wireless devices. The connector helps you address your security, visibility and manageability needs for these devices. It also provides a self-service portal that enables your users to manage certain aspects of their devices.

The Marketplace provides a place for customers to get the latest information on available Data Synchronizer connectors, find out what connectors will be available soon and request connectors they need.

On the Featured Connectors page you can click on any connector to bring up a page with more information about its features, system requirements and access or purchase details. This comprehensive repository makes it easy for organizations to get the information on the connectors they need. It also provides a powerful venue for vendors to promote and distribute the connectors they develop.

For example, if you click on the NotifyMDM connector, you will see a connector-specific page that contains information you need to know about that connector. This page indicates, for example, that the NotifyMDM connector supports 5,000 users per server and that the server requires a L5520 Intel Xeon Processor (2.26GHz TurboHT), 4 GB of RAM, 3 X 73 GB Drives, W2k3 or W2k8 Standard, and SQL 2k8. When you click the Get the connector button on the page, it takes you to a Notify Technology Web page where you can get a free trial version of the connector or purchase a license/subscription for the connector.

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