Novell added a 'kick ass' attitude to its key directory services software, as chief executive Eric Schmidt opened its annual user event with a new Internet focus for its flagship product.
At Novell's Brainshare user conference in Utah yesterday, Schmidt unveiled a new version of Novell Directory Services (NDS) that supports one billion objects and a scheme to enable individuals to manage their multiple identities at work and on the Internet.
?Kick ass" refers to the renaming by Novell engineers of Scads - scalable directory services - to Skads - scalable kick ass directory services.
In his keynote speech Schmidt explained that Scads, officially known as NDS version 8, will help the company to address its latest focus: How to enable individuals to manage their identities, for example passwords and network privileges, contained on systems at their work or on the Web.
The result is Digital Me (see related story), which enables individuals to set up vaults of personal information that would normally be contained within network directories at their work or at Web sites on which they have registered. The difference is that the individuals will be able to control this information themselves.
Schmidt argued that personal identities on the Web would be the new currency for individuals. This will help people get the best out of companies selling services online and enable individuals to build better relationships with others on the Web, such as within discussion forums.
"You are a collection of identities and we intend to host that through directories," he said.
He also defined the second wave of networking to be based on profiles and identity control using directories. This will enable individuals and communities of users to make the Internet more personal and above all to allow them to manage the information about themselves on the network or the Web.
"If the Internet is the freedom to learn, the value of the Internet is the ability to empower people," he said, adding that directories were the technology that will enable individuals to manage their identities. "Directories and identities are two sides of he same coin," he continued.
Taking a swipe at Microsoft?s "Where do you want to go" campaign, Schmidt added, "?Where do you want to go today? is the wrong way to think about networks. I want people to say ?what do you want to do today, or who do you want to be today?."
He continued: "Directory supported applications will enable individuals to control the key to the virtual kingdom and directory based technologies represent the next level of higher evolution in the ecosystem we?re all building."
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