DataOne, Novell Partner in Edirectory

SINGAPORE (03/27/2000) - DataOne Asia (D1) Pte. Ltd. last week announced its alliance with Novell Inc.'s Singapore subsidiary, becoming the company's Internet Commercial Service Provider (ICSP) and authorised value-added reseller (VAR), and earning itself the title of being the first Internet service provider in Southeast Asia to deploy Novell's eDirectory.

D1 is the first ISP in the region to host for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the latest range of Novell Directory Services (NDS) eDirectory, network management, and security applications, according to the local-based ISP. The first new ISP in Singapore since the market was fully liberalized late last year, D1 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation Group , with MobileOne Asia Pte. Ltd. as one of its biggest shareholders.

"Our ICSP agreement with Novell allows us to bundle Novell solutions and host them for our SME customers," said Roland Tan, D1 chief executive officer, D1.

"NDS eDirectory is a cross-platform repository for collecting information and data on corporate resources, transactions, personal identities, and characteristics of business customers. The information can then be shared seamlessly with customers, employees, and your supply chain managers."

"With global competition at our doorstep, having such a strong knowledge base of corporate resources on a single network is no longer a choice. It is an imperative," Tan said.

Under the partnership agreement, D1 is now also one of Novell's VARs (value-added resellers), where it will offer systems integration for Novell's network solutions, and provide data centre facilities and service support to integrate customers' networks with Novell applications, he explained.

In the past couple of years, Novell has been reinventing itself from a company that focuses purely on selling network operating systems, to becoming the world's leading supplier of network services software, such as security and authentication, said Keith Osborne, vice president, Novell Asia-Pacific.

NDS eDirectory provides the foundation for a single network by eliminating traditional boundaries between operating platforms, networks, organizations, and ultimately people, Osborne explained.

While Novell's ISP partnership is not exclusive to D1, its discussions with other ISPs will not "go as far (as D1's) in this region at this stage," said Sam Ghebranious, managing director, Novell Asean.

D1 is "best-suited" for the alliance because it has solutions for SMEs, and the ISP will be able to take on NDS eDirectory to this market, Ghebranious added.

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