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July 16, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:40pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Toronto, Canada-based Zoomit Corp says the latest release of its Zoomit Via metadirectory enables organizations to integrate multiple directories from different sources, making the data retrieval process simpler and more effective. The product integrates the attributes present in directories including Netscape Communication Corp’s Directory Server, Microsoft Corp’s Active Directory and Novell Inc’s Directory Service. Zoomit Via technology allows synchronization of any and all, or just some, of the objects in the metadirectory and connected directories. Zoomit’s vice president of operations, Barry McPeake says the Zoomit Via can be seen as a central hub and, as far as the company is aware, there is no similar product in existence. Without something like Zoomit Via, organizations have to access separate directories from different locations, and each name contained within the directories has to be different. This is where the Join comes into play. The interweaving where all directories come into the metadirectory and where all name spaces integrate is the Join. Zoomit Via recognizes all name spaces and can translate them into unlike name spaces. Zoomit Via runs on Windows NT and Windows 95. The company developed the product on a Unix platform and originally intend to market a Unix version, but changed its mind when there appeared to be little demand. McPeake says the product has been primarily designed for large organizations, because they generally have more call for it and current customers are companies with between 12,000 and 25,000 employees. Zoomit Via can be downloaded free for 60 days from the Zoomit Web site at the moment. When the 60 days are up the main server can be purchased for $2,500; the first 250 users are free and after that it costs $2,000 per user. The company can be found on the web at

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