Novell Directory Services
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 impedimentsâ€¦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.