Digital, Unisys' X.500 wares support DMS

Digital Equipment Corp. and Unisys Corp. last week introduced new X.500 directory services products that support Defense Message System (DMS) requirements.

Directories store user information such as electronic-mail addresses and fax and telephone numbers. Directories based on X.500, the standard the government said it will support, can interoperate with each other.

Version 3.0 of Digital's X.500 Directory Services product, available off the General Services Administration schedule, adds support for new interfaces, including Netscape Communications Corp.'s Netscape Navigator, Mosaic and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, a proposed open standard for directory services on the Internet. The product is customizable so users can add fields—a DMS requirement, according to Colleen Martin, DMS technical manager at Digital.

Digital plans to get its directory product DMS-certified.

Unisys said it is also interested in getting its new TransIT 500 Internet Directory Server and Administrator for Internet Directories products, which are now available, DMS-certified.

Alan Bender, director of engineering and product management at Unisys Computer Systems Group, said, "We've been working with subcontractors to incorporate DMS directory requirements and hope to get additional business because of that."

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