Novell is expected to release as early as next week a version of its metadirectory software that works with more applications, including those on remote machines that aren't on NetWare networks.
Like other metadirectories, Novell's new DirXML 1.1 will join data from myriad directories typically found on corporate networks. The company hopes the upgrade will further differentiate its offering from those offered by Critical Path, iPlanet and Microsoft, among others.
While DirXML supported remote applications before Version 1.1, it no longer requires customers to run Novell's eDirectory platform at each site. DirXML, which runs on any server that also has eDirectory installed, links to remote applications via IP using Secure Sockets Layer technology. The applications can reside on mainframes, Macintoshes or assorted Win32 and Java systems.