Novell gives away eDirectory to tempt application developers

Novell announced at the Networld+Interop show last week that it would be offering eDirectory software free to commercial software...

Novell announced at the Networld+Interop show last week that it would be offering eDirectory software free to commercial software developers, in a bid to broaden the product's scope.

Novell claims to have almost 140 million users of eDirectory worldwide and Gary Ashton, chief of staff of Net directory services at Novell said the company's goal was to expand the user base by tempting software developers to embed eDirectory into their applications. "Every network-aware application needs a directory," he claimed.

Ashton said a software company specialising in HR systems could use eDirectory as a central store of user profiles. The HR application could then direct information relevant to the user's role in the workplace.

Toyota is already employing eDirectory within application software, said Ashton. Rather than storing user profiles, the car manufacturer has built a system that uses eDirectory to store profiles of cars.

Ashton claimed users could easily track the various components used in a given Toyota model by looking up the vehicle's details within eDirectory.

Cliff Saran

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