Nortel is discussing whether to integrate Siemens? directory service into its networking tools aimed at the European market and plans to make an announcement in eight weeks.
Peter Schnitter, Siemens? vice president of IP applications, said the telecomms equipment vendor was evaluating whether to use Siemens? Dirx directory service to manage the routers and other networking devices from its Bay Networks subsidiary.
"Bay wants to integrate a directory with its products and it is planning to use Siemens as an alternative in Europe," he claimed.
Nortel is already working with Novell to link its Novell Directory Service (NDS) into the next release of Bay?s Optivity Policy Services, which are due in the second quarter of this year.
A Nortel spokesperson could not confirm whether Siemens was in talks with the company, but said Nortel was "directory agnostic" and would work with any Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (Ldap) based directory service.
"We will work with Microsoft?s Active Directory and Netscape?s Suitespot, but we?ve done the most work with Novell because NDS is the only one that is shipping in volume," she explained.
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