Isocor is hoping to gather up the tangled threads of the directory market with its forthcoming MetaConnect metadirectory.
The new product, to be released next month, will be capable of amalgamating information from Iscocor's own Global Directory Server and the Netscape Directory Server. Support for Novell Directory Services (NDS) will be added next year, and for Microsoft's Active Directory when Windows 2000 appears.
A Gartner Group report, based on Fortune 1000 companies, estimates that companies have, on average, 181 different locations where directory information of one kind or another is stored," said Declan McMahon, Isocor's product marketing manager. "Even if Active Directory becomes the main repository used within a company, there will still be a need for a metadirectory to bring together all the useful information relating to a single person or node."
The company has also announced plans to support common file formats, popular databases, and messaging platforms such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes and IBM mainframe-based Profs.
MetaConnect users will be able to stipulate which of the supported directories will be their central information base and directories stored under the other directory formats will be pulled in and formatted for use.
The company bases its metadirectory strategy on the fact that it will take time before all directories, even those complying with version 3 of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), will be properly aligned.
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