Novell is now a part of Micro Focus

Novell Takes Network Management Mobile

New Wireless Technology Extends Novell eDirectory and eGuide Across all Networks

SALT LAKE CITY (BrainShare®) | March 19, 2001

  • Delivers enhanced network management and administration and increased user efficiency
  • eGuide wireless makes directory data actionable from anywhere
  • Supports all leading hand-held devices

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today unveiled a powerful new management framework that integrates wireless technology for Novell® NDS® eDirectory, deigned to help customers significantly enhance network management across desktops, operating systems and wireless devices. Novell eDirectory, the #1 enterprise and Net directory service, already leads the industry in managing user identities and access across wired networks. By adding wireless muscle to eDirectory, Novell provides new and improved management tools that gives companies the power, flexibility and convenience to manage their networks from anywhere, on any device. With Novell's new eDirectory management framework, the days of IT professionals being "tied to their desks" are over.

"Applications like Novell's eDirectory allow us to provide our iPAQ Pocket PC customers with leading edge technology, that in turn enables them to remotely access applications that are strategic to their businesses," said Cindy Box, director of marketing, Wireless Internet Solutions, Compaq Computer Corporation.

Demonstrating the power of mobile directory technology, Novell is also integrating wireless capabilities into the next release of eGuide, a platform-independent, Web-based Net service that helps users quickly find and make one-click connections to people, places and things. eGuide takes key corporate information about employees, customers, and partners stored in eDirectory and makes that easily available to end-users. With wireless eGuide, users will be able to look up an employee, customer or vendor from their cell phone, PDA or Web browser and automatically initiate a call, instant message, or send an e-mail. Since it's based on eDirectory, it's always updated when the central corporate information is updated, ensuring employees have the most current information. Scheduled for release later this year, this new version of eGuide will greatly enhance business communications and increase user efficiency.

"The new wireless capabilities in eDirectory provide a robust management framework that significantly increases the overall usefulness of the directory in both the enterprise and service provider markets," said Paul Smart, vice president and general manager of Novell's Net Directory business. "Now companies have complete, simplified and scalable tools to install, manage, and maintain eDirectory across the Internet, intranet, and extranets, via wired and wireless devices, making managing diverse networks as seamless as managing a single network. By extending this wireless technology to other Net services software, like Web-based white pages and desktop management, we provide news ways to manage and access networks in the emerging one Net economy."

New Management Framework Enhances Value of eDirectory
The new eDirectory management framework is a very flexible, customizable tool that allows customers to easily access or modify attributes in the directory without the need for specialized programming skills. It features role based services allowing administrators to empower end-users to execute certain tasks in order to free up valuable IT resources. Now even common tasks like password reset can be carried out effortlessly.

The eDirectory management framework complements Novell's ConsoleOne client-server management tool by allowing network and systems administrators to benefit from secure and fast anywhere, anytime access to the directory. The Novell eDirectory management framework supports the following open standards: HTML, XML and LDAP, and runs on Netscape and Internet Explorer.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.

For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at

Novell and NDS are registered trademarks, BrainShare is a registered service mark and eDirectory, ConsoleOne and eGuide are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Contacts

Dawn Harris
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: 408-967-7712

Chat Now

Ready to talk? Fill out the form below, or call .

* Required Fields

First Name is a required field
Last Name is a required field
Email is a required field
Company is a required field
Phone is a required field
City is a required field
Country is a required field
Address is a required field
Zip/Postal Code is a required field
State is a required field
Comments is a required field
I give Micro Focus and/or Micro Focus partners permission to contact me regarding Micro Focus products and services. View our Privacy Policy
is a required field

Request a Call

© Micro Focus