Novell has promised to enable secure e-business by allowing users from different companies to access applications via Internet-enabled directories.
The strategy, dubbed One Net, will allow businesses to operate on a single network and where there is no distinction between an Intranet, Extranet or the Internet, Novell said.
In Novell's strategy, users will build and deploy directory-enabled applications that live on the Internet based on a new Novell directory blueprint called Denim. The blueprint - short for Directory-enabled Net Infrastructure Model - was announced at this week's Brainshare event.
In his keynote address, Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive officer of Novell, said that the One Net strategy allows businesses to treat their customers, business partners and enterprise users in the same way.
"All the business relationships people can have over a network can be managed in the same way," he said. Schmidt believes that, as it stands today, the Internet does not offer the right architecture to achieve the goal of a single network, both for internal and external users.
The architecture is built on Novell's e-Directory network directory services product that is available on Windows 2000, NetWare, Solaris and has recently been ported to Linux.
Novell demonstrated how Federation technology based on Denim, could be used to allow the two directories to communicate with each other over the Internet to enable a user from one business to access the network of the other business.
Following the Windows 2000 launch, touted by Microsoft as the only operating system users would ever need to buy, Novell has had to distance itself from being solely an alternative platform to MS's operating system.