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IT-Director: Directory sky hook too late for Novell?

Mar 29, 2000, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Novell was due for a shake-up and now it has had one. It was only a matter of time before the company moved its focus once and for all, away from its operating system heritage and into a directory-based future."

"There are a couple of points in Novell's favour. The first is that the product is tried and tested. Most pundits are recommending that W2K is allowed to bed in for a while before it is adopted more generally – this may throw Novell the slack it needs. The second point is that the company, having dropped its baggage, is free to work with whatever leads to its success. The company's recent Linux announcements for its directory services are an indication of this – it is unlikely that Microsoft's Active Directory will run on anything other than a single operating system."

"Novell still stand a chance of success. There is no question about the importance that directory services will start to play as the Internet evolves to become a virtual services infrastructure. Given the fact that Novell have lost its lead, whether it is NDS that is chosen may well prove to be mainly a question of slick marketing. Whatever it does, Novell had better do it fast."

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