Novell announced new third party vendor support for its Netware network operating system and Novell Directory Services (NDS) software this week at its annual user conference At this year's Brainshare event in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cabletron said it would license NDS for its networking hardware and software tools, including its range of switches.
Last December Cabletron revealed it was in talks with Novell to bundle NDS, though it also considered offering Netscape?s directory services software.
However, at the same time Mike Skubisz, Cisco's chief technology officer, also indicated that any deal with Novell might only be a stop gap until Microsoft ships its long awaited directory service, Active Directory.
Novell will also bundle a five user version of Oracle WebDB with Netware. This enables small and medium sized businesses develop Web applications and Web sites with little training.
Meanwhile Check Point Software has been awarded the ?Yes, tested and approved? certification for NDS for its Firewall-1 and VPN-1 products. This enables users to manage security policies across an enterprise within a single NDS directory. Novell has also joined Check Point?s Open Platform for Secure Enterprise Connectivity scheme to integrate mixed security tools.
Lucent has also licensed NDS for its QIP tool for centralised IP name and addres management across multiple platforms.
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