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Novell eDirectory Gains Momentum Among Software Vendors

Novell, Inc., a leading provider of Net business solutions, today announced the company's market-leading directory software, Novell® eDirectory™, is enjoying widespread adoption by innovative independent software vendors (ISVs) as the core identity management and access control technology for one Net solutions.

PROVO, Utah | February 12, 2002

  • Novell eDirectory is enjoying widespread adoption by innovative independent software vendors (ISVs) as the core identity management and access control technology for one Net solutions
  • Including deals with Yahoo! and TIBCO, more than 40 innovative ISVs have signed agreements with Novell since July 2001 to redistribute eDirectory
  • eDirectory simplifies the management of IT solutions—lowering costs for customers—and enables tighter security and enhanced personalization based on user identity

Novell, Inc., a leading provider of Net business solutions, today announced the company's market-leading directory software, Novell® eDirectory™, is enjoying widespread adoption by innovative independent software vendors (ISVs) as the core identity management and access control technology for one Net solutions. Including high-profile deals with Yahoo! and TIBCO, more than 40 ISVs have signed agreements with Novell since July 2001 to redistribute eDirectory; and many other redistribution agreements are currently in negotiation. The broad range of these agreements demonstrates the versatility of eDirectory, which has surpassed 300 million licenses distributed worldwide. As a component in solutions ranging from enterprise portals to eBusiness platforms, eDirectory simplifies the management of these solutions—lowering costs for customers—and enables tighter security and enhanced personalization based on user identity.

"Companies evaluating directory software should take a strong look at Novell eDirectory," says Mike Neuenschwander, a Burton analyst. "The product is stable, scalable and feature-rich, making it a viable candidate for enterprise, extranet and eBusiness directory roles."

Since the delivery of the Novell eDirectory Redistribution Kit in July 2001, more than 40 ISVs have signed agreements to deliver eDirectory as part of their innovative solutions. Among those partnerships are the following:

  • Ayeca—Ayeca provides wireline and wireless telecom operators with the DSB™—a powerful Revenue Management framework. DSB (Dynamic Split Billing™) is a real-time, network-independent software platform, which enables telecom operators to create new sources of revenue by better utilizing existing network resources; for example, offering enterprise users a virtual business line on their personal mobile phones. Ayeca's DSB Platform uses eDirectory as its core repository, to guarantee carrier-grade quality, scaling to tens of millions of users across distributed environments, and to provide the flexibility to change the data model and functionality on-the-fly, without bringing down the system.
  • Caldera—Caldera ships Novell eDirectory as part of its overall Volution* Manager solution for customers. Volution Manager helps customers reduce the ownership costs of implementing and managing Linux* systems. Volution Manager enables administrators to manage networks with profiles and policies, without having to individually manage each system. The superior technology of eDirectory is a key component of Volution Manager that makes those benefits possible.
  • Intelliun—Intelliun uses eDirectory as the data repository for the company's flagship product, The Virtual Enterprise (VE). VE is a Java eBusiness platform that capitalizes on existing middleware products like J2EE application servers, database drivers and directory providers, to deliver an environment for rapidly developing, integrating and deploying eBusiness solutions. Integrating VE with eDirectory provides a robust and secure platform for highly federated and complex eBusiness solutions.
  • ProActuate—ProActuate is delivering the first packaged solution for implementing "Virtual Close" capability within the enterprise, enabling continuous monitoring and analysis of critical financial information. ProActuate has used Novell eDirectory to intelligently map data hierarchies against transactional data. eDirectory has not only reduced complexity but has also increased the overall performance of the application.

Additional ISVs who have partnered with Novell to redistribute eDirectory include Aim Management Services, Alopa Networks, Aztec Software& Technology Services, Chori Joho System, COM:ON Communication Systems, Comsel System, Consegna Advanced Technologies, CyberArchitects, DARC e.V., DiChain Systems, Dimension, Easy Access, Entrust Japan, International Software Solutions, IO Domain, Neovest, NTT Software, OpenNetwork Technologies, Orangesoft, PatchLink, Quality Software, Radiance, SafeStone Technologies, SecureInside.com, Stoneware, Systemneeds, Telia IT-Service, WWL, Yam Digital Technology and many others.

"The rapid adoption of eDirectory by ISVs illustrates two very important trends," said Paul Smart, vice president and general manager of Novell's Net Directory business. "First, companies around the world are recognizing the advantages of building their solutions on a directory-based infrastructure. Second, for so many of these solutions, Novell eDirectory is the directory of choice, because of its stability and scalability and its maturity as a product. Novell has been in the directory and identity business for years, and we understand the business needs that so many competitors are just beginning to discover."

ISVs, equipment manufacturers and developers interested in learning more about the Novell eDirectory Redistribution Program, can go to http://developer.novell.com/edirectory for more information.

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