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Cisco, MS Networking Protocol Goes Before Open Review Board

Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. reported today the Directory-Enabled Networks (DEN) protocol moved one step closer to being declared an industry standard as it goes before a customer advisory board for open review.

Since DEN's launch in September 1997 by Cisco and Microsoft, the protocol has passed through several intensive reviews conducted by a DEN Ad Hoc Working Group comprising industry leaders such as 3COM, AT&T, Bay Networks, Lucent Technologies, and Netscape Communications.

DEN is a model for developing integrative networking components and services for use in heterogeneous directories. The model aims to provide developers with a common platform for creating new intelligent networking applications.

The initiative now moves to the Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF) standards body, which includes members such as Charles Schwab & Company, Sprint, and Texaco. The DMTF will now review the content of the DEN specification and then be responsible for submitting it as a standard.

The DMTF is currently working on the Common Information Model (CIM) specification which serves to provide a common means of sharing and managing data across enterprises. The group will work to incorporate DEN into CIM.

"With the specification review process moving to the DMTF, vendors and customers have an open forum and process to enable standardization of the DEN specification," said Mike Nash, director of marketing, Windows NT Server group at Microsoft.

"This is a huge win for customers. For the first time, they will be able to benefit from a unified model for integrating users, applications and network services."