Netscape and Bay have revealed further details of their Directory Enabled Networking (DEN) collaboration (see Newswire 4 June).
Netscape Directory Server will be bundled with Bay?s Contivity Extranet Switch product line.
Netscape and Bay say they are the first to deliver on the promise of Directory Enabled Networking (DEN), beating similar plans from Microsoft and Cisco to market.
Network administrators will be able to customise access to a corporate network by defining a unique profile for each user. The user is defined once in the directory, and propagated to all Contivity switches, simplifying administration.
In another win for Netscape Directory Server, car manufacturer Ford will use the software to create an employee directory with 200,000 entries. The technology will provide single log-on to 110 applications.
Netscape's senior vice president for server products John Paul said that Netscape Directory Server differs fundamentally from Novell?s NDS and Microsoft?s forthcoming Active Directory. He said that, unlike these competing products, Netscape Directory Server was not designed to manage a network operating system, but to manage networks with hundreds of thousands, even millions of users.
Like NDS and Active Server, Netscape Directory Server supports the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Netscape claimed that 25 vendors are currently building products on top of Netscape Directory Server.
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