Microsoft has taken a significant step toward eventually bolstering its Active Directory technology in Windows 2000 with the acquisition of meta-directory company Zoomit.
Zoomit's meta-data technologies will be integrated with the Active Directory services next year, according to Peter Houston, lead product manager for Microsoft's Active Directory. The technology will not make it into initial versions of Windows 2000, which Microsoft plans to ship by the end of 1999.
"This will give Active Directory a very powerful capability to behave as a meta directory in the enterprise," Houston said. "[Companies] will be able to use these technologies and integrate Active Directory seamlessly with their other directory investments."
Zoomit's Via 2.0 also will help customers manage data that resides outside the directory, such as in application databases. The technology will provide a single interface to allow access to such data.
Microsoft would not disclose the terms of its acquisition of Zoomit. Houston said Zoomit's core development team would move to Redmond, Wash., soon. The Toronto company has 36 employees, but it is unclear now how many will work for Microsoft, he said.
Microsoft Corp., based in Redmond, Wash., is at www.microsoft.com. Zoomit Corp., in Toronto, is at www.zoomit.com.