Vendors look to ease directory synchronization

Novell Inc. and the Sun Microsystems Inc. – Netscape Communications Corp. Alliance are trying to make it easier for large customers to synchronize, exchange and manage user data across a variety of systems.

Last month at The Burton Group Catalyst Conference in San Diego, Calif., Novell announced that it is shipping its long-delayed metadirectory, DirXML, and several links, known as connectors, to other directories and messaging applications. Connectors let directories replicate changes with one application to another with Novell’s NDS eDirectory at the centre.