Novell offers free UDDI server
Seeking to push the least-used component of Web services from its current
status as stagnating standard to a future of active deployment, Provo,
Utah-based Novell Inc. this week began distributing a free UDDI server
The UDDI server can run on top of Novell's directory services platform to
provide the security features needed by IT departments to feel comfortable
deploying a Web services registry, said Justin Taylor, chief strategist for
directory services at Novell.
According to Taylor, based on his experiences traveling to customer sites,
analysts are correct when they say security issues are the main stumbling block
to implementing UDDI. He found that corporate IT folks are also raising
legitimate questions about how the standard can be made to work.
Taylor said the questions he hears most frequently from IT officials are: How
do I secure the information in there? How do I add identity information into the
mix of UDDI? And how do I deal with survivability of the data, replication of
''That's one of the main reason we've put it [UDDI] into our directory,''
Taylor said of Novell's UDDI strategy. ''The normal advice from people at IBM and
Microsoft is to throw it in the database. That leaves the entire security aspect
very foggy as to how you're supposed to go about doing that.''
He said the Novell solution is to put it on top of a directory services
platform ''because really, UDDI is a directory of different Web services,''
The Novell Nsure UDDI server makes use of the company's eDirectory security
tools to manage access rights, and requires users who are either publishing or
consuming Web services to provide authentication and verify their identity,
He said Novell Nsure UDDI Server would be available starting this week for
free download. For more information, click on http://developer.novell.com/uddi.
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.