Novell plans intelligent Web services directory

Novell has produced a roadmap for its next generation of directory services. It outlines a number of releases aimed at creating...

Novell has produced a roadmap for its next generation of directory services. It outlines a number of releases aimed at creating an intelligent Web services directory, writes Antony Adshead.

Whereas current directories are usually static stores of data, Novell aims to create one where decisions about users and their relationships with data are based on business rules which can be enforced across all segments of the network, from intranets to Web services.

The first release will come later this year when Novell unveils a UDDI server.

The company aims to enable secure identity and access management - which Novell said is missing from current UDDI registries - with Dynamic Identity. In this schema, different views of an identity are represented, depending on the Web service being looked at.

The security aspect is covered in the roadmap by Novell's plan for Federated Trust, where identity information can be securely exchanged between business partners using SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language).

What is UDDI?
Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) is an industry specification for a universal business registry of Web services. It is designed to enable software to automatically discover and integrate with services on the Web via a registry, which is a network of servers on the Internet similar to the Domain Name System. Using a UDDI browser, humans can also review the information.
UDDI rides on top of the Simple Object Access Protocol (Soap), which invokes Web services.

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