Novell’s Jeff Jaffe must have heard we have a new blog, because today he made a post about interoperability that played right into our laps.
Just for some background, Novell and Microsoft partnered up late last year and promised the union would result in better interoperability between Windows and Linux. The jury’s still out on that four month old announcement, but some concrete bullet points have made their way to our sister site SearchServerVirtualization.com regarding, what else, virtualization.
So when Jaffe started talking interoperability today I couldn’t resist a post, especially when he started talking about taking interoperability beyond Linux and Windows into the wild world of Active Directory, eDirectory and LDAP directories.
We determined that the most immediate area was directory interoperability. With clients from a variety of networks being able to register and gain access to services on multiple networks, we would have a key first step in driving systems closer together. True, for complete interoperability, other support would be required later. But at least we have taken a first step.
We’re now taking it a step further. If we are getting networks to interoperate – why stop at Windows and Linux? After all, our own NetWare customers have for years wanted to have improved interoperability with Windows environments. So we’ve enlarged the scope further. We are considering environments supported by Active Directory, eDirectory, general LDAP directories, and new open source identity frameworks such as the Bandit project.
This partnership is still a newborn, but it’s reassuring to see something solid starting to bubble up from the murky depths.