Novell unveils integration software for Windows

Novell Inc. unveiled an upgraded version of its Novell Account Management application this week that's designed to help users integrate Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 operating system into corporate networks.

The upgrade, unveiled Tuesday at the Networld+Interop conference in Las Vegas, is designed to simplify the delivery of network services across Windows NT, NetWare, Solaris, Linux and, now, the Windows 2000 operating system. Since Novell's eDirectory runs on the Windows platform, users don't need to use Microsoft's Active Directory to manage system resources, Novell said in a statement.

Novell Account Management is a network management tool designed to help businesses tie disparate operating systems into a single network. The product is built on top of Novell's eDirectory infrastructure, which is designed to provide faster access to data and more secure network access, the company said.

The new version, Novell Account Management 2.1, will be available from May 15, priced at US$26 per user, Novell officials said.

Separately Tuesday, Novell said it planned to sponsor a new community Web portal targeted at LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) developers. The company hopes the site, at http://LDAPzone.com, will become a central repository of educational materials, software downloads, industry articles and other information related to LDAP open standards, the company said in a statement. LDAPzone is scheduled to launch on May 15.

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