Novell plans to port its flagship Novell Directory Services (NDS) to Compaq's Tru64 Unix variant, striking a blow to Microsoft’s proposed NDS killer, Active Directory.
To make matters worse for the software giant, Enrico Pesatori, senior vice president and group general manager of Compaq's enterprise solutions and services group, said NDS would become the "strategic" directory for the former Digital Equipment operating system (OS). It is due to ship in the first half of next year.
But Mary McDowell, vice president and general manager of Compaq's server division, continued: "It is anticipated that Active Directory will be for Windows centric customers. NDS is a cross platform directory," adding that, unlike its rival, NDS was a mature environment.
NDS for Tru64 Unix will manage services running across a range of other OSs, including Microsoft’s Windows NT, Linux and Novell's Netware network OS.
Eric Schmidt, Novell's chairman said the port would help NDS gain acceptance at a higher level in the enterprise and enable it to handle heavier workloads. Earlier this year, Novell demonstrated NDS managing one billion objects across five Compaq servers.
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