Today at BrianShare: Building a Novell Data Synchronizer


Today at BrianShare: Building a Novell Data Synchronizer

At Novell BrainShare this year, Novacoast will be previewing the various aspects and abilities of Novell Data Synchronization (NDS) - the new program Novacoast created in partnership with Novell that syncs information on a scale unseen in IT software.

Kevin Wood, a lead Novacoast developer who co-wrote the engine for Data Synchronization, will be presenting a unique aspect of the program whereby new connectors can be written as needed by users of Novel Data Synchronization who use vital programs not currently supported by the NDS synch engine.

"We wrote an engine and several connectors to begin with,” Wood explains, “and we have provided a Software Development Kit to help developers create new needed connections."

According to Wood, Novacoast recognized the precedent it could set in creating this kind of program - one that was designed to handle synchronization at this level for the first time - and wanted to be sure that the door for expansion, and inclusion of any program was open.

"In the identity management market, synchronization software exists,” says Wood. “However, Novell Data Synchronization is currently the only system that deals with the synchronization of collaborative data - not just identities. We wanted to be sure that more than just a great tool to use with Novell products, we created a platform that can work with anything."

To help forward this philosophy, Kevin Wood will be demonstrating the SDK that comes along with Novell Data Synchronization at Novell BrainShare 2010.

"We’re going to provide an overview of the SDK and some of the tools we’ve included,” says Wood. “We’re also going to illustrate where to look for help. We want to provide a conceptual overview, in the interests of getting people started working on their connectors."

Co-presenting with Wood will be Novell Developer Tim Draper, who also worked on the NDS project.

"It’s exciting,” says Wood, “to be involved in the first time anyone has tried to keep this kind of data in synch on the larger scale."