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Subject: MobileLBSList: Information directories
Date:  09/21/2000 08:21:10 AM
From:  Bryan Morgan

Geoff Hendrey posted on here the other day about a central directory to be
used when building MPC-based services. Here's a press release from
Software.com (merging with Phone.com!) on their LDAP carrier-scale directory
product...could be the solution you were looking for if implemented on a
wide scale?!?

Software.com Directory is Launched with Proven Scalability of Millions of
Users


SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--Sept. 21, 2000--


Carrier-Scale LDAP Directory Enables Leading Communications Service
Providers to Quickly Deploy New Revenue-Generating Services and Increase
Customer Loyalty

Software.com Inc.(R) (Nasdaq:SWCM), a leading developer of
carrier-scale, Internet infrastructure software for communications service
providers, today announced general availability of the Software.com(R)
Directory, a scalable, standards-based LDAP directory. With the proven
reliability and scalability of the Software.com(R) Directory, leading
wireless and wireline service providers will be able to drive down the total
cost-of-ownership and quickly deploy new, IP-based applications to increase
revenue and strengthen customer loyalty.

Enables Growth in Exploding Wireless Market

Many of the world's leading communications service providers currently
store subscriber data in multiple proprietary directories -- an approach
that makes it difficult to grow the number of subscribers, as well as the
variety of applications deployed. To enable service providers to tap new
opportunities for growth, particularly the exploding wireless market,
Software.com has developed a highly scalable, LDAP-enabled directory
platform capable of supporting a broad range of applications, including
messaging, commerce, portal and customer-care. The standards-based
Software.com(R) Directory gives service providers the agility and
flexibility to choose any IP-based application, rather than being locked
into vendors' proprietary directories or user databases.
"As the number and complexity of online applications increases, it
becomes exponentially expensive and difficult for service providers to
manage separate directories for each application," said Dana Gardner,
research director, Aberdeen Group. "By consolidating on a carrier-scale,
standards-based directory, service providers decrease costs, quickly add new
revenue-generating applications, and discourage consumers from jumping to
other providers."
Communications service providers deploying Software.com's Directory
product can quickly launch new applications and sustain subscriber base
growth into the millions, while drawing on Software.com's expertise in
carrier-scale Internet infrastructure. The Software.com(R) Directory shares
the same infrastructure as the LDAP v3 Directory bundled in the company's
flagship InterMail(R) platform. As a result, the Software.com(R) Directory
has been battle-tested by the Internet's most demanding messaging
applications.
Software.com's Directory features advanced replication technology that
enables service providers to distribute directory services by geography,
application and/or user segments, dramatically reducing hardware and storage
costs.
"Our new standards-based Directory infrastructure gives service
providers the agility and flexibility to choose any IP-based application,
rather than being locked into closed, vendor solutions," said John
MacFarlane, founder and CEO of Software.com. "Positioning the
Software.com(R) Directory at the core of their infrastructure will enable
our customers to dramatically reduce total cost-of-ownership and increase
revenue. We welcome this opportunity to grow with our customers into new
areas of IP applications."





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