The Sun/Netscape Alliance has declined to join the IBM and Novell led Directory Interoperability Forum, accusing it of being "detrimental and contrary to the goal of open standards".
While IBM, Novell, Oracle and Isocor launched the Forum to try and promote interoperability between members' directory products (see Newswire, 7 July, 1999), it failed to win the support of two key directory suppliers - Microsoft and the Sun/Netscape Alliance.
The Alliance said in a statement that it was "disappointed that the Forum's voting membership will be limited to directory server vendors only. We believe that open standards must include the voice of directory customers and independent software vendors, stake holders [which] the Forum explicitly excludes."
A spokesperson for the Forum acknowledged that membership was only open to directory product vendors, but said "supporters can be anyone." She admitted that the Sun/Netscape Alliance had been invited to join, but declined.
Cisco, however, has now joined the Forum, only one day after its launch. The networking giant originally set up the Directory Enabled Networking (DEN) initiative with Microsoft in 1997, but the project is now under the auspices of the Desktop Management Taskforce (DMTF).
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