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Novell Sponsors Community Portal to Drive Development of Core Net Infrastructure Technology

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced it is sponsoring a new directory resource center on the Web called LDAPzone, the first community portal site targeted at LDAP developers.

LAS VEGAS (NetWorld® + Interop*) | May 8, 2001

  • Industry's Leading Developer of Directory-based Applications Dedicated to Promoting Growth of Directories on the Net
  • Novell creates additional opportunities to increase application revenues

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced it is sponsoring a new directory resource center on the Web called LDAPzone, the first community portal site targeted at LDAP developers. LDAPzone is a free service that will offer a central repository of educational materials, software downloads, industry by-lined articles and other information to promote directories and LDAP open standards. Directory technology, which allows businesses to centrally store, manage, and secure user identities and information wherever it resides on a network, are core infrastructure elements of the Net. This initiative underscores Novell's leadership in driving the value of directories in eBusiness. LDAPzone is scheduled to go live May 15 at

"The idea of LDAPzone has broad industry support and early testing with developers has proven very successful. It's the first community portal for developers that will not only allow them to build a directory knowledge, but is a great vehicle for helping to gain a global audience for their LDAP directory-based applications," said Carleton Watkins, director of worldwide developer support at Novell. "Our goal is to ensure LDAPzone is an important resource that gives developers a competitive advantage and creates opportunity to increase application revenues. We believe it will have an important impact on the industry overall as it promises to accelerate the growth of open standard directories on the Net, which are proven for substantially lowering network management costs, reducing data errors, and providing businesses the power to respond more quickly to change."

About LDAPzone
LDAPzone is a community site on the Web for developers to communicate and collaborate on ideas and share important information, tips and techniques. It offers the following resources and information:

  • Free downloads of programming resources open source software, LDAP and SDK products
  • Related tools XML, DSML and more
  • Web resources Google/LDAPzone's LDAP search
  • Developer tools LDAP and other directories and sample code
  • Complete Specifications on IETF's LDAP v3 standards and information
  • News from the experts News and trend articles and how-to guides from industry experts
  • Frequently Asked Questions

About LDAP
The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a standard method for how applications interface and access the plethora of directories in the enterprise and on the Internet. Today, there are nearly 50 IT industry leaders that have announced support for the LDAP standard including Novell, Microsoft, IBM, Sun, Oracle and Critical Path, and there are hundreds of millions of LDAP directory-based application users. Novell is a long-time promoter of open standards and is actively involved in working groups for a number of standards committees including chair of the Directory Interoperability Forum (DIF) of the Open Group; Directory Enabled Networks (DEN) of the DMTF; Direct Service Markup Language (DSML) of OASIS; and various LDAP working groups for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

About Novell Worldwide Developer Support
Novell offers several programs for developers writing applications to Novell® eDirectory, NetWare®, GroupWise® and other products and technologies. These developers can take advantage of Developer Labs to get them started and leverage a number of developer support offerings through the Novell DeveloperNet® program. Worldwide Developer Support provides software and hardware development support and compatibility testing tools for applications software developers (ISVs), OEMs, Hardware developers (IHVs), consultant systems integrators (CSIs), and corporate developers. By providing world-class developer support, Novell enable partners to provide higher quality, more stable products to the one Net solutions market.

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.

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Novell, Inc.
Telephone: 408-967-7712

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