Novell joins UDDI Advisory Group

Novell on Friday announced its membership in the UDDI Advisory Group, which is shepherding development of the Web services directory standard.

Through its participation the company hopes to formalize the role of directories in Web services. Novell for the past several years has been offering its own network directory platform, Novell eDirectory, formerly known as NDS (Novell Directory Services), as a core technology.

"We just think that we have expertise in directory technology and this is a classic directory application," said Winston Bumpus, director of standards for Novell, in San Jose, Calif.

UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) is intended to provide directories, either within a company firewall or on the public Internet, for access to Web services. But the concept has not caught fire as anticipated, with services registered at levels nowhere near what some had predicted. A Novell representative, however, said it is still early in the adoption phase.

Novell recently submitted to the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) a proposal for a standard approach to placing UDDI information in an LDAP directory.

The Advisory Group, sometimes known as UDDI.org, has expressed its intentions to turn over development of the specification to a formal standards organization this summer. But Bumpus said there is nothing definitive on this yet and Novell would like to get involved with UDDI now.

Other companies involved in UDDI include Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM Corp., Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., and SAP AG.

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