3Com Inks Deal for Novell NDS eDirectory

BOSTON (01/25/2000) - Santa Clara, California-based 3Com Corp. has signed a licensing deal for Novell Inc.'s NDS eDirectory.

Announced at Fall Comdex, NDS (Novell Directory Services) eDirectory is a scalable LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) directory designed to let companies integrate users both inside and outside the enterprise into their directory. NDS eDirectory also aims to solve the problem of users of online commerce and services needing multiple identities and passwords.

The deal between 3Com and Novell will focus on user-based policies and network access policies, according to a statement from 3Com.

This week, at ComNet Expo 2000 in Washington, D.C., 3Com is demonstrating NDS eDirectory interoperating with 3Com's Transcend policy management software, 3Com said. The initial release of Transcend, due in mid-2000, will be designed to prioritize network traffic in the WAN by working with 3Com's PathBuilder and NETBuilder devices as well as Cisco Systems Inc.'s routers, 3Com said. An unspecified release of Transcend will help boost network security by featuring access control services, the company said.

3Com, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-326-5000 or at http://www.3com.com/. Novell, in Provo, Utah, can be reached at +1-801-222-6000, or at http://www.novell.com.

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