Novell has clinched the support of Nortel Networks for its bid to make its directory services technology, NDS, pervasive.
Nortel will license the directory server and integrate it with Bay Networks' policy management tool.
The aim is to enable users to log on to any machine in any building and still be able to access their files, plus be allocated the right network capacity, as defined in Bay's Optivity policy server.
NDS will be included in the next release of Bay's Optivity Policy Services in the second quarter of 1999.
Derek Venter, Novell's product manager for the Emea region, said the news follows an agreeement originally signed in October 1997 by Novell and Nortel to develop products jointly. Novell also announced a similar relationship with 3Com at the same time, but no further news has been released.
Novell most recently said it would work with Lucent to bundle NDS with the latter's high end switch, in a move which many believe is a response to Microsoft's move to integrate Active Directory with Cisco equipment.
Venter said Novell is in talks with a number of other networking tools vendors, including Cisco, pointing out that its deal with Microsoft is non-exclusive.
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