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Novell Directory Services

Novell eDirectory

NDS eDirectory is a full-service, platform-independent directory that serves as the foundation for myriad directory-enabled services. The number of directory-based applications is rapidly increasing, many of which provide crucial e-business functionality such as automated business-relationship management, supply-chain management, and electronic store fronts. In this new e-business environment, “one of the biggest impediments…is that there is no way to easily share data across applications from multiple providers. But by making use of eDirectory, multiple applications service providers (ASPs) have a common infrastructure for identifying users and storing components” (InfoWorld, November 22, 1999). ASPs are not the only companies leveraging eDirectory: Internet Service Providers (ISPs), software developers, and other companies that aggressively compete in the Internet economy have made eDirectory their directory of choice.