Metadirectory software combines paper and online indexes

Metadirectory software combines paper and online indexes

By Florence Olsen

GCN Staff

Unisphere Solutions Inc., a Burlington, Mass., start-up founded by Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc., has released its first metadirectory software based on the X.500 and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol standards.

Metadirectories let large organizations merge separate paper and electronic directories into a single enterprise directory to save on data administration costs, according to Siemens executive Brian Bigley.

Siemens' DirXmetahub software synchronizes and filters all linked directories, creating enterprise directory entries for each employee and a single point of data administration. The IP application runs on Microsoft Windows NT, SunSoft Solaris, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, IBM AIX and Siemens Reliant Unix platforms. Clients running Windows 9x or Windows NT Workstation consult the directory via Web browsers.

Very versatile

The metadirectory does bidirectional synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows NT domains, Lotus Notes and Domino, Novell Directory Services, enterprise resource planning applications, Open Database Connectivity databases and Siemens private branch exchanges.

It accesses and stores X.509 public-key infrastructure digital certificates from PKI providers VeriSign Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., Entrust Technologies Inc. of Richardson, Texas, and others.

The $20,000 DirXmetahub supports any X.500 or LDAP directory server. The Siemens X.500 and LDAP directory server costs $10 to $25 per user based on number of directory entries.

The Canadian government's Electronic Directory Services, which is built on Siemens' DirX directory server, unifies listings for 280,000 Canadian government employees, Siemens officials said.

Contact Unisphere Solutions at 613-230-1145.

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