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Inter@ctive Week: The Directory War [NDS vs. Active Directory]: Now It Really Starts

Feb 18, 2000, 20:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock, Todd Spangler)

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"Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's director of operating environments, said Novell has missed a big opportunity with NDS in enterprise networks. 'They've had a window of opportunity for four years, during which Microsoft was talking about the wonders of Active Directory,' he said. 'They could have capitalized on the directory to increase their share.' "

"But Novell already has shifted its attack. Instead of looking at the enterprise OS market - where it has all but conceded first place to Microsoft - Novell is trying to catapult its directory technology onto the Internet with its NDS eDirectory platform."

"Novell's competitive marketing strategy, then, is to pigeonhole Windows 2000 as a technology locked into corporate networks - and, even then, of networks running just the Microsoft operating system. With Microsoft busy trying to extend that reach, Novell can tout its own iChain and NDS eDirectory software as the best way to share information among multiple business networks over the Internet."

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