will take a stab at
making Internet email easier to manage across corporate intranets next week
by licensing directory services technology from Coordinate.com
, the Internet division
of Banyan Systems.
The company will incorporate Banyan's StreetTalk directory services into
Post.Office, Software.com's flagship simple mail transport protocol (SMTP)
server. StreetTalk will make it simpler for users to quickly locate email
addresses on the Internet
and corporate intranets, according to sources close Software.com.
Directory services are standard features of proprietary LAN email packages,
such as Lotus's cc:Mail and Microsoft's MS Mail, that let local and
remote users receive automatic updates to their address books every time a
user is added to or removed from the LAN.
But because the Internet doesn't have a standard for directory services, companies
moving more of their corporate communications onto intranets are
having trouble managing email addresses, even for just their own employees. The same problem applies to managing
files over the Internet and intranets.
As a result, other directory services vendors have discussed extending
technologies beyond the LAN and proposing them as standards for the Internet. Novell, for example, announced at its
BrainShare developer's conference in Utah last
month its intention to push its NetWare Directory Services, re-christened
as Novell Directory Services, as an Internet standard.