Hewlett-Packard has become the first OEM for Novell Directory Services (NDS). NDS will be bundled free with the HP/UX Unix operating system on all HP platforms but users will pay extra for NDS add-ons.
Novell shocked the industry in November by announcing it would give away NDS to software and hardware developers. The aim is to flood the market with NDS ahead of Microsoft?s launch of the rival Active Directory, which will appear in NT Server 5.0.
HP will embed a single server version of NDS into all HP/UX operating systems and platforms. This will also be able to access non-Novell directories that support the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Customers can license Novell?s Scale Pack directory-to-directory replication and synchronisation facility from HP. This provides network-wide single log-in and a single point of administration.
A Novell spokesperson said: ?This is the first announcement of a 100 per cent bundling of NDS into an operating system. Announcements of further OEMs will follow.?
One of the first systems vendors to announce support for free licensing of NDS was Sun Microsystems, but unlike HP, it does not bundle NDS into the Solaris operating system. Instead NDS is available as an add-on.
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