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PC Week: Novell mulls NDS giveaway scheme

Sep 22, 1999, 20:22 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Berinato)

"Novell Inc. is seriously considering giving away NDS in an effort to spur adoption of directory-enabled applications and to counter the free directory in Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows 2000.

After struggling with licensing issues for the better part of a year, Novell executives want to concentrate revenue-generating efforts on the Provo, Utah, company's directory applications, which it will brand under the "Zen" name to be consistent with its existing ZenWorks management software... Part of that branding will include new Novell Directory Services security tools called Zen for Certificate Management..."

"In addition to the possible free-pricing scheme for NDS, the company plans to debut in late October or early November an operating-system-independent directory appliance, code-named Fusion..."

" 'The money to be made is [from] what goes in a directory, not the directory itself," said Chris Stone, Novell's senior vice president for strategy and corporate development. ... Some NDS backers said they believe it's imperative that Novell start giving away the directory, especially as the rollout of Windows 2000 with its built-in Active Directory draws near."

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