Lucent to integrate NDS with IP software

Lucent Technologies has announced it will integrate Novell Directory Services (NDS) with its Quadritek QIP Enterprise 5.0 IP address management software. Integration with NDS will allow Lucent's QIP DNS and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers to access and store information in NDS.

According to Lucent, combining the two products will streamline the time required to implement and manage IP infrastructures, and will also ensure availability of the IP data by allowing network administrators to define primary and secondary NDS servers. In the event of a failure in the primary NDS server, QIP will automatically fail over to a secondary server.

The DNS and DHCP servers will receive their configurations directly from the NDS server, while lease information from the DHCP servers will be added to the directory repository and thus be available to DNS servers on request.

The announcement is the second such initiative between Lucent and Novell. In October 1998, the two companies signed a deal to bundle and integrate NDS with management software for Lucent's Cajun P550 switch.

NDS functionality in Lucent's QIP product is now in beta testing, and will be available in about two to three months, a Lucent spokesperson said. No pricing information was available.

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