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Directory services in Nextra - experiences and future plans Kari Marvik, Nextra AS 11.05.00. AGENDA. 1. Directory applications within Nextra. 2. Directories as a compliment to E-mail services. 3. Directory as infrastructure and basis for service production.

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Directory services in nextra experiences and future plans kari marvik nextra as 11 05 00

Directory services in Nextra - experiences and future plans

Kari Marvik, Nextra AS

11.05.00


Agenda
AGENDA

1. Directory applications within Nextra

2. Directories as a compliment to E-mail services

3. Directory as infrastructure and basis for service production

4. Directory solution – special development for British Telecom Worldwide


Directory applications within nextra
Directory applications within Nextra

  • OUTSOURCING CONSEPT – compliment to E-mail services

  • - Corporate White Pages Directory

- Directory as basic infrastructure for service production

- Private address book

  • PUBLIC AVAILABLE DIRECTORIES

  • - ”Nextra Katalog” - Public Directory for E-mail addresses – consumer market

  • - Directory for Certificates (TTP/PKI) – secure E-mail and web access

  • SYNCHRONIZATION

  • - Directory synchronization across geographical dispersed locations and across different directories

  • DIRECTORY AS INFRASTRUCTURE


Corporate white pages and private address book
Corporate White Pages and Private Address Book

Customer locations

Nextra locations

Office

PC

HTTP or LDAP

HTTP

Web

Server

LDAP

Internet

CWP

(X500/LDAP)

LDAP

HTTP or LDAP

Laptop or foreign PC

Travel


Corporate white pages and private address book1
Corporate White Pages and Private Address Book

  • Access to reading information

    • Via standard LDAP clients (Netscape and MS Outlook)

    • Via a customized Web interface

  • Update and administration

    • Via a customized Web interface

    • Flat file upload via Email/FTP/other ….

  • Information and attributes available

    • Name, Email addresses, Phone numbers, Postal Addresses, Department, URL, Photo ….and much more …

  • Automatic lookup of Email addresses

    • Email clients can be configured to automatically lookup addresses in the directory when starting to type name i ”TO” fields of new messages




Directory as infrastructure future
Directory as infrastructure - future

  • Directory asINFRASTRUCTURE and the basis for operating, managing and providing different services to customers:

    • Directory enabled applications

    • Directory enabled routing

    • Directory enables networks

    • Single Sign On

    • E-commerce solutions

    • Intranet solutions

    • Virus scan and Filtering

    • OSS (service provisioning, customer record, billing data, …)


Directory as infrastructure future1
Directory as infrastructure - future

Portal

Billing

Master Directory

Messaging

CRM

Intranet

OSS

Statistics

Ticketing

E-commerce

???


Bt worldwide directory solution
BT Worldwide directory solution

120.000 users and addresses synchronized across 15 locations Worldwide !

  • Mail switching (X400) and directory synchronization between 15 locations Worldwide

  • MS Exchange and Lotus Notes mail systems and proprietary directories (with LDAP support)

  • X500/LDAP directory in Bergen used as central hub

  • MDDM application from Maxware used for synchronization and manipulation of data, in addition to proprietary replication functionality in MS Exchange/Lotus Notes


Bt worldwide directory solution1

MSX

MSX

MSX

BT Worldwide directory solution

Notes

LDAP

NotesBergen

MSX

Bergen

MSX

Bergen

MSX

Mail*Hub

Bergen

LDAP

X.500/

CWP

LDAP

MDDM

Customer facilities

Nextra, Bergen facilities



Information synchronized
Information synchronized

  • Approximately 25 different attributes being synchronized:

    • Surname, GivenName, Initials

    • 4 different E mail addresses

    • Organization name, Department

    • Phone Number, Fax Number, Mobile Number, Pager Number

    • Postal Address, Postal Code, City, Country

    • Secretary, Manager

    • …………


Experiences
Experiences

Challenges

  • Main problem is to keep the directory up to date

    • Daily synchronizations necessary

    • Or instant updates

  • Large updates can take a long time to process

  • Differences in poulation policies

    However - very positive feedback from the users!


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