Sponsored ".dir" TLD Application
Sponsoring Organization’s Proposal
Document Revision 1.0
This document is one of a set of seven (7) documents that support an application for a new ".dir" gTLD. The application is being submitted to ICANN under the guidelines set forth in "New TLD Application Instructions" (http://www.icann.com/tlds/new-tld-application-instructions-15aug00.htm). The full set of documents include: A completed and signed Sponsored TLD Application Transmittal Form. A separately bound and clearly labeled Sponsoring Organization's Proposal. A separately bound and clearly labeled Registry Operator's Proposal. A completed and signed Description of TLD Policies, with a completed and signed cover sheet. A completed and signed Statement of Requested Confidential Treatment of Materials Submitted. A completed and signed Sponsoring Organization's Fitness Disclosure. A completed and signed Registry Operator's Fitness Disclosure.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. SPONSORING ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE *
C1 – Comprehensive Description *
C2 – Organization Information *
C3 – Organization Structure *
C4 – Organization Purpose *
C5 – Appropriateness of Community *
C6 – Representation *
C7 – Openness and Transparency *
C8 – Initial Directors and Staff *
C9 – Selection of Directors, Officers, Staff, etc. *
C10 – Policy-Making Procedure *
C11 – Meetings and Communication *
C12 – Fiscal Information *
C13 – Liability *
C14 – Amendment of Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws *
C15 – Reconsideration and Review *
II. PROPOSED EXTENT OF POLICY-FORMULATION AUTHORITY *
C16 – Policy-Formulation Authority Sought *
C16.1 – Scope of Authority *
C16.2 – Reasons/Justifications *
C16.3 – The Interest of the Internet at Large *
C16.4 – Variations *
III. CONTRACT TERMS WITH REGISTRY OPERATOR *
C17 – Identification of Registry Operator *
C18 – Contract with Registry Operator *
C18.1 – Copy of the Contract with Registry Operator *
C18.2 – Proposed Terms For a Contract with Registry Operator *
C18.3 – Statement from the Sponsoring Organization *
- SPONSORING ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE
C1 – Comprehensive Description
C1. Please submit a comprehensive description of the structure and nature of the sponsoring organization and the manner in which that organization will conduct its operations, including policy-formulation activities. We strongly recommend retaining professional legal assistance to aid in the formulation of your Sponsoring Organization's Proposal and accompanying documents.
The following documents should be attached to the description:
- articles of incorporation, association, etc.;
- bylaws or any similar organizational document;
- list of persons presently on the supervising Board of the organization (or to be initially on the Board); and their resumes.
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks--the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public--across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net--a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.
For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at http://www.novell.com. Novell is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
See the attached articles of incorporation.
See the attached bylaws.
See the attached list of board members.
To the extent applicable and not clear from the attached documents, the description should address the following topics in detail.
C2 – Organization Information
C2. Organization Information. Principal location, legal status of the organization, laws under which it is organized, type of organization (for profit, non-profit, corporation, association, etc.).
Novell, Inc. is a public, for profit company formed under the laws of the United States, incorporated in Delaware. It operates it businesses under both national and international law. Novell helped invent the corporate network in the early 1980s, and continues to drive technology for the Net today. Network software began with the sharing of files and printers within local area networks (LANs) and evolved into the management of wide area networks that enabled enterprise class computing. Today, Novell is committed to providing the infrastructure for a world in which all types of networks - intranets, extranets, and the Internet, corporate and public, wired to wireless - work together as one Net to simplify the complexities of eBusiness and provide the power and flexibility organizations need to succeed in the Net economy.
1800 South Novell Place
Provo, UT 84606 USA
General Telephone: 801.861.7000
A History of Technology Leadership
Novell helped found the corporate network market with the introduction of the LAN. In 1983, Novell introduced NetWare, the first LAN software based on file-server technology. Novell developed a PC networking system that designated one machine to manage the network and control access to shared devices, such as disk drives and printers. This marked and important early step in the network revolution that has culminated today in the one Net economy.
Through the 1980s, corporate requirements for networks grew significantly, with LANs being increasingly replaced by Wide Area Networks (WANs), which unified large corporate environments. By the early 1990s, Novell's NetWare operating system, updated to add key features for distributed enterprises, led this market with nearly a 70 percent share.
Dr. Eric Schmidt, formerly Sun Microsystems' chief technology officer, took over the reins at Novell in March 1997. Schmidt accelerated Novell's efforts to leverage its core networking strengths in the Internet arena. He quickly announced a product roadmap to base all of Novell's products on IP, the Internet communications protocol. The following year both NetWare 5, the server operating system, and Novell Directory Service (NDS), which had become the basis for new Net services software products from Novell, began shipping with native IP support.
With the increased heterogeneity in corporate networks and the need for interoperability across the Internet, Novell began in 1998 to promote NDS as a means to tie diverse platforms together. The company also began shipping the first of its new Net services software products that use information stored in the directory to simplify the management of networks and better secure access based on the identities of users. In late 1999, Novell released NDS eDirectory, a true cross-platform directory service that epitomized Novell's commitment to interoperability and open standards, key Internet requirements.
In 2000, Novell announced expanding the availability of Net services software to include access, as needed, over the Net. Novell is leading the industry in creating a new model for software delivery.
Making the one Net Vision a Reality
The one Net world envisioned by Novell - where intranets, extranets, and the Internet, corporate and public, wired to wireless work together - presents challenges and opportunities for business. In a one Net, eBusiness world, individuals must be able to access their own information, the way they want it, any time, anywhere, from any device. Businesses must manage their relationships with customers, partners, and even their own employees, electronically, using networking technology to determine who has access to what, when, and how. With more than 20 years of experience, Novell remains at the forefront of this latest networking revolution, providing innovative Net services software that help customers realize the enormous potential of a one Net world
C3 – Organization Structure
C3. Organization Structure. Size of organization, number of officers, directors and advisors, roles/duties of directors and officers and other staff, supporting and/or contributing organizations, affiliates, membership.
Novell has approximately 4,600 employees worldwide with a $1 billion plus annual revenue run rate (see the attached Annual Report).
Novell top officers are:
- Dr. Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Eric Schmidt joined Novell in April 1997 as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer. At Novell, Dr.Schmidt is actively involved in all significant and strategic decisions and plays a central role in the technical development and management of the company. Under his leadership, Novell has completed a corporate turnaround and entered a new era as a growth company and leader in Net software spanning all networks and operating systems. Dr. Schmidt came to Novell from Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he was chief technology officer and corporate executive officer. In his 14 years at Sun, Dr. Schmidt held a range of progressively more responsible executive positions, where he earned international recognition for his contributions to the development of the Internet as a tool for building digital communities in business, government, education, science and culture. He was also instrumental in the development and transfer to the marketplace of Java, Sun's platform-independent programming language. Prior to joining Sun, Dr. Schmidt was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He also held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog. Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in computer science and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University.
- Steve Adams, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing , As senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Steve Adams is responsible for delivering Novell’s business strategy, positioning and branding in a clear and coherent manner to the marketplace. As the driving force behind Novell’s evolution to Net services software, he leads all marketing and partner programs aimed at powering Novell’s growth in the new Net economy. He oversees content, consistency, and collaboration across all internal and external marketing messages. Adams returned to Novell as a general manager and vice president in July 1999 to champion the company’s move from a network management company to a Net services software company. In that role, he was responsible for the development and marketing of a new category of directory solutions that extend Novell’s core competencies in network services to the Internet. Previously, Adams was senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Citrix Systems, a leader in server-based computing. Before Citrix, Adams served as senior vice president of Mosaix, a leading provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software and now a division of Lucent. Adams’ career in high technology marketing, product development, and product operations spans 15 years of leadership, including vice president of marketing of Novell’s GroupWare Division; vice president of product operations at Big Sky Technologies; and vice president of corporate marketing at Simpact Associates. Adams holds a doctorate and a master’s degree from Florida State University.
- Ken Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. As the newly appointed chief information officer, Ken Anderson oversees Novell's worldwide information systems. His responsibilities include developing, implementing, and managing the company's local and wide-area networks, deploying strategic business information systems, driving Novell's Internet/intranet strategies, and delivering internal company technical support. Anderson is a core player in Novell’s delivery of Net services software to the market. As CIO, he oversees the early adoption of Novell's latest Net management, directory, and content services within the Novell corporate infrastructure. He ensures that the company effectively utilizes Novell solutions to improve the customer and partner collaboration that is the key promise of eBusiness. Previously, Anderson was vice president of Global Infrastructure for Novell's Information Systems department. Prior to Novell, Anderson worked at WordPerfect where he was a systems engineer for four years. Before WordPerfect, Anderson spent three years at Soft Copy in an IS manager capacity.
- Sheri Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Novell Customer Services. As senior vice president and general manager of Novell Customer Services, Sheri Anderson oversees Novell's consulting, education and technical support businesses. Her responsibilities include providing the IT industry’s best consulting, technical support services, training, and certification programs. Novell Customer Services helps customers accelerate change by focusing on three integral areas – consulting, technical support, and education. Novell Consulting provides skilled consulting services to assess, design, implement and maintain business information systems that effectively leverage the power of Novell’s technology. Novell Technical Services provide customers with global technical support via electronic, direct, and service partner programs with an emphasis on delivering quality solutions to Novell customers and partners. Novell Education trains the IT workforce of tomorrow by providing the industry’s best training and certification opportunities. Novell certifications, including Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) and Certified Directory Engineer, are recognized worldwide as the standard credentials for services, support, administration, integration and instruction in Net services software solutions. Since joining Novell in 1995, Anderson has transformed Novell’s IS organization from a tactical service provider into a strategic partner for Novell’s product development teams — and cut costs while doing it. Under Anderson’s leadership, Novell has improved product development by integrating real-life IT perspective into every phase, including extensive internal deployment of alpha and beta code. This process helps Novell to stay in front of the product curve and deliver high quality solutions and excellent customer support. Prior to joining Novell, Anderson served as a senior vice president of Charles Schwab & Co.'s IS department. She led efforts to develop the systems and network infrastructure that helped the firm achieve national leadership in the discount securities brokerage business. Previously, Anderson managed major systems engineering projects for Wells Fargo Bank and Electronic Data Systems and served as a manpower analyst for the U.S. Navy. Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University. Volunteer activities include providing mentor support for Novell’s female employees as the sponsor of Novell’s internal women’s technology organization, Women in Novell (WIN), and serving as a board member of Remedy Corporation.
- Simon Khalaf, Vice President and General Manager, Net Content Services Division. As vice president of Novell’s Net Content Services Division, Simon Khalaf’s responsibilities center around the Internet Infrastructure market segment. The Net Content Services Division is focused on providing solutions that enhance and accelerate content to the customer, whether it be through Novell Internet Caching System (NICS) or Novell Content Exchange. Prior to Novell, Khalaf was CEO and founder of JustOn, the Internet’s largest and fastest growing online File Sharing property with over 5 million users worldwide. JustOn was founded by Khalaf in June of 1999 and acquired by Novell in December of 1999. Prior to JustOn, Khalaf co-founded Worldtalk Corporation (later acquire by Tumbleweed Communications), a leading Internet security software company. Khalaf played a key role in bringing to market two award-winning product lines, establishing domestic and international distribution channels, and forging strategic relationships with Microsoft, Cisco, Digital, and ICL. Khalaf also designed and implemented a vertical marketing strategy for Worldtalk's Internet security products giving the company solid market share in the financial services, healthcare and legal markets. Previous to Worldtalk, Khalaf held several R&D positions at Touch Communications, a provider of OSI-based networking software. Khalaf started his career at Niagara Mohawk Power Company in New York, managing the development of an automated office application. Khalaf has over 13 years of experience in marketing, development and sales with areas of expertise around Internet infrastructure, messaging, directory services and security. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Khalaf also sits on the advisory board of several Internet startups.
- Jennifer Konecny-Costa, Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Since joining Novell in 1996, Jennifer Konecny-Costa has lead Human Resources, Community Relations, and Internal Communications. She has participated in the recruitment and development of a new leadership team, and re-engineered the way HR delivers services and provides leadership to the cultural transformation underway at Novell. Prior to joining Novell, she served for two years as vice president of human resources at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and for six years as vice president of human resources at Silicon Graphics. Prior to that, she spent nine years with Hewlett-Packard in a variety of management positions, and eight years as a campus minister at the University of Santa Clara. Konecny-Costa is also involved in a variety of professional organizations, including the HR Consortium, California Leadership Council, the Bay Area Human Resources Executive Council, American Electronics Association Human Resource Committee, and the Society for Human Resource Management, where she served as a delegate to Russia in both 1991 and 1992 In addition to her professional affiliations, Konecny-Costa serves on several boards, including the Board of Trustees for Santa Clara University. She is an executive committee member of the Tech Museum of Innovation's Board of Directors and is also a member of the board of the San Jose Repertory Theater. Konecny-Costa holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University.
- Dr. Carl S. Ledbetter, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Development. As chief technology officer, Dr. Carl Ledbetter is responsible for ensuring that Novell's product strategy and direction continue to match market needs. He oversees Novell's product and services plan of record, drives Novell's move to a one Net services approach, and continues Novell's open-standards, cross-platform development efforts. As senior vice president of Novell's business and corporate development he is also responsible for Novell's Net software business strategies, including software architecture, strategic partnerships, technology evangelism, and Novell's Venture Fund. Working with Novell's partners, he oversees the business relationships that leverage the power of Novell software in complete e-business solutions. He joined Novell in 1999 from Hybrid Networks, Inc., an innovator in the wireless broadband industry, where he was chairman and chief executive officer. With more than 20 years of technical and managerial experience in computers, networking and telecommunications, Dr. Ledbetter is a seasoned technology leader and entrepreneur. Prior to joining Hybrid, Dr. Ledbetter was president of AT&T Consumer Products, the $3-billion-a-year AT&T business that designs, manufactures, sells and leases telephones, cellular phones, answering machines and other communications products for residential use. Previously, Dr. Ledbetter held leadership positions at Sun Microsystems where he managed Sun's PC networking business, and he was a principal of Decision Point Consulting where he provided marketing, financial and management counsel to technology companies such as AT&T and IBM and to venture capital groups. Prior to joining the computer industry, Dr. Ledbetter taught mathematics at Wellsley College and Clark University and was academic dean and professor of mathematics at California State University, Sonoma. He later served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown of California. Dr. Ledbetter serves on the board of directors for PictureTel, Intellify, and Gilian Technologies. Dr. Ledbetter earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Clark University. Other degrees earned include a master's degree in mathematics from Brandeis University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Redlands.
- Drew Major, Chief Scientist and Technology Officer, Net Content Services Division. Drew Major is Novell's Chief Scientist and Technology Officer over the Net Content division. He was one of the original developers of NetWare. He has played an integral role in designing and developing every NetWare release and continues to be involved in research and development of future Novell products. Major has designed network operating systems since 1981 and has been the primary developer of many of the features and components of NetWare, including the scheduler, the File System, the file cache and the first DOS redirector. He was the driving force behind NetWare 386. Presently Drew is driving Novell's Proxy Caching platform for the Net Content Division. His recent activities include designing and coding the cache object store for the proxy cache. Drew has been recognized by leading industry publications as one of the most influential people in the networking and computer industry. Major received his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, graduating with high honors in mathematics and computer science.
- Craig H. Miller, Vice President and General Manager, Net Management Group. As vice president and general manager of Novell’s Net Management group, Craig Miller leads one of Novell’s four business units. In this role he is responsible for providing market-driven technologies that enable one Net solutions by solving network management problems for existing and new enterprise, government and public sector customers. In addition, Miller focuses on growing business around established product lines including NetWare, GroupWise, BorderManager and ZENworks. Most recently, Miller served as vice president of development for operating systems and partner solutions in the Novell products group. During this time he oversaw the development for NetWare, specifically NetWare 4.11, NetWare 5 and NetWare 5.1. In 1998, he also directed the release of NetWare 5, which received a number of awards including Product of the Year from NetWork World magazine. Since joining Novell ten years ago, Miller has worked in all aspects of development, testing and product management. His various responsibilities have included the development, testing and documentation of the NetWare family of products, as well as the network operating system, file system, print services and Web services Prior to joining Novell, Miller worked for the Air Force on the Minute Man and Peacekeeper missile system, and also as an independent contractor. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah.
- Stewart Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, As chief operating officer, Stewart Nelson is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the company, overseeing Novell’s product development, marketing, sales and service organizations. Previously, Nelson served as senior vice president, products and marketing. Under his leadership, Novell innovated and shipped more new products to market faster than at any other time in its history. Nelson has also been a key architect in determining Novell’s product direction as a leading provider of Net services software. Before heading Novell products and marketing, Nelson was vice president and general manager of Novell’s collaboration services group, where he led a team of engineering and marketing employees who developed and marketed groupware technology. Under his direction, Novell pioneered many industry-leading messaging advancements. Under his tenure, Novell’s GroupWise installed base grew from 800,000 to 8 million users. Before its merger with Novell, Nelson worked at WordPerfect Corporation as a programmer, director, and vice president of research and development. Prior to that Nelson was a programmer for IBM. Nelson graduated from Brigham Young University with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science. He also serves on the board of directors for enCommerce.
- Richard A. Nortz, Senior Vice President, World Wide Sales. As senior vice president of Worldwide Sales, Rich Nortz is responsible for driving the growth of Novell's Net services software business worldwide, including managing Novell's direct sales force and relationships with Novell's 27,000 channel and distribution partners. Prior to joining Novell in 1995, Nortz was senior vice president for Wang Laboratories' worldwide customer service business, where he also spent time as acting general manager of Wang's European operations. He was responsible for Wang's achievement of ISO 9002 certification in the U.S. and five international subsidiaries. Before his experience at Wang, Nortz spent 18 years with Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was vice president of the 11,000-person U.S. Customer Service Business. Nortz currently serves on the board of directors for CompTIA and the Talarian Corporation. He attended Villanova University and also completed the University of Pittsburgh Executive Management Program and the Harvard University Advanced Management Program
- Dennis Raney, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Dennis Raney is senior vice president and chief financial officer at Novell, Inc. He joined Novell in March 1998 and is responsible for finance, information systems, operations, real estate and investor relations worldwide. He reports directly to Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt. Mr. Raney spent 24 years at Hewlett Packard in various assignments including finance, manufacturing and real estate. He was responsible for the financial and administrative management of Intercontinental Operations and spent seven years in Geneva, Switzerland as head of finance and administration for Hewlett Packard’s European Operations. Both assignments involved managing multi-billion dollar business segments. Prior to joining Novell, Mr. Raney was the Senior Vice President and CFO at Bristol-Meyers Squibb Pharmaceutical Group, and had served as CFO for three public technology companies. He serves as a director of ADAC Laboratories, a healthcare solutions company, W. R. Hambrect & Company, an internet focused investment banking firm, and Redleaf, an internet operating company focused on developing seed stage business-to-business e-commerce firms. Mr. Raney served three years with the United States Army Special Forces, attaining the rank of captain. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and an MBA from the University of Chicago
- Paul Smart, Vice President and General Manager, Net Directory Services. As vice president and general manager, Paul Smart is responsible for all aspects of Novell’s Net Directory Services business group. The group’s focus is to achieve directory ubiquity with the goal being to provide the directory "dialtone" for the Net. The group will develop and deliver customer-driven software built on NDS eDirectory such as DirXML, Single Sign On and eGuide. Target Markets include both large enterprise customers and the dotcoms. The large enterprise market will be reached through a direct sales model, consulting services and consulting and systems integration partners, while the dotcoms will be reached through a new and rapidly growing channel of eSystems integrators. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the group, Smart works closely with customers as well as industry analysts to understand the issues in the market place and how Novell can provide customer-focused directory-based solutions. Smart most recently served as Vice President of NDS Engineering. Prior, to leading NDS Engineering, Smart served as Vice President of the GroupWare division, where he was responsible for coordinating and channeling the efforts of the GroupWare development teams, including GroupWise electronic messaging and scheduling, Informs, SoftSolutions document management software, and Gateways. He was one of the creators of the Novell CCE strategy (Collaborative Computing Environment). He has been responsible for designing, developing, and releasing over 100 products simultaneously on several platforms and overseeing the work of numerous software engineers. Before its merger with Novell, Smart worked at WordPerfect Corporation as a software engineer for GroupWare products, where he created the first commercially available LAN based group scheduling application. Prior to working at WordPerfect Corporation, Smart worked at IBM, where he developed software to control robotic assembly line processes. Smart currently serves on an advisory board for the Kevin Rollins Center for eBusiness at Brigham Young University. Smart graduated from Brigham Young University with a M.S. in Computer Science and is currently a member of the Computer Science Accreditation Board.
C4 – Organization Purpose
C4. Organization Purpose. Functions and mission of the organization, definition of community to be served (if any), method of ensuring operation in the interest of the stakeholders of the community to be served and the Internet at large.
Novell has always been a leader in networking — delivering reliable, high-performance products that provide vital services to networks, simplify network administration, bring powerful capabilities to end users and help companies to create enterprise-class network environments. Novell is leveraging its strengths to achieve a leadership position in Net services software.
Novell Vision—one Net
Network software began with the sharing of files and printers within local area networks (LAN) and evolved into the management of wide area networks (WAN) that enabled enterprise-class computing. The addition of intranets, extranets and the Internet has led to multiple internal and external networks for employees, partners and customers. At Novell, we envision a world in which all types of networks—intranets, the Internet and extranets; corporate and public; wired to wireless—work together as one Net to simplify the complexities of eBusiness and provide the power and flexibility organizations need to succeed in the Net economy.
Novell Mission — Net services software
Most network software products available today fail to serve the Net as a whole. Instead, they provide file-and-print sharing, security, management, directory and other network services within a specific operating environment to a specific application or to a particular intranet or extranet server. Novell's mission is to become the leading provider of Net services software that secures and powers all types of networks—intranets, the Internet and extranets; corporate and public; wired to wireless—as one Net, across leading operating systems. Net services software enables IT departments to simplify the complexities of the Net and securely extend and integrate applications and networks between companies to accelerate eBusiness transformations. As a result, customers have the power to change—the flexibility to rapidly adapt to new opportunities and competitive threats in the Net economy.
Net services are delivered through software products and turnkey server appliances that are purchased and managed by customers or hosted by network service providers and other third parties. These products are supported by professional services, including consulting, systems integration, training and technical support that are offered by Novell and its partners.
Novell Approach — DENIM
Novell developed Net services software with an architecture that is code-named DENIM—the Directory-Enabled Net Infrastructure Model. Through DENIM, Novell and its industry partners will provide Net services that become part of the Net or are in-the-Net, performing persistent roles that bring new power to people, business processes and applications.
The power that Net services software provides is universal, serving the Net as a whole across internal and external networks with the highest degree of reliability and security. Plus, Net services are modular, drawing upon and integrating with each other while leveraging and interoperating with existing network services and other IT investments. And they are cross-platform, so they can work across all leading operating environments rather than within a single operating system. With the introduction of products such as NetWare® 5.1, NDS eDirectory™ , iChain™ and ZENworks™, Novell continues to deliver on its mission of providing services across leading operating systems, within and between organizations.
C5 – Appropriateness of Community
C5. Appropriateness of Community. If the organization is intended to serve or represent a particular community, define the community and explain why that definition fits the TLD proposal.
The community that Novell serves is the at-large Internet community. As the leading provider of Net services software, Novell has partners, customers, consultants, and relationships with many business, community, and government people and organizations. Novell, as a sponsor for a new TLD, does not represent one particular user group and/or other online community, but rather all of them as a whole. The new TLD will be useful to all parties current involved in distributed, Internet computing, online activities, and emerging e-markets. The new TLD can be used in a variety of new and unique ways.
- End Users: End Users can use browsers to browse the new domain space using already established HTTP/HTML technology as well as emerging XML technology.
- Application Developers: Developers can use well established technologies like LDAP to query and manage directories in the new namespace.
- Value Chain Integrators: Supply Chain Management techniques can be automated using cooperative and federated directories.
- eMerchants: Secure information sharing and transaction processing can be simplified with open technologies like Single Sign On, Certificate Servers, and PKI support.
C6 – Representation
C6. Representation. Manner in which the organization will represent and take input from community to be served, the categories of stakeholder to be included in the organization.
Novell plans to use the Open Group’s (TOG) Directory Interoperability Forum (DIF) program group activity (see http://www.opengroup.org/directory/) for collecting input about requirements for participation in the domain.
Current DIF membership includes significant industry leaders:
- Charles Schwab
- Critical Path
- Focal Point Software
- Hewlett Packard
- Indigo Securities
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- PASS Network Consulting
- The Post Office
- The UK Department of Social Security
- The UK National Health Service Information Authority
- The UK Police Information Technology Organization (PITO)
- The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
The DIF will define the base set of interoperability standards required for registration in the new domain. The DIF is beginning to market the LDAP2000 brand, which, when awarded, indicates compliance to DIF interoperability requirements.
Directory providers need to show compliance with open directory standards in order to be awarded the "provider mark". Application developers need to show compliance with open directory standards in order to be awarded the "directory enabled application" mark.
C7 – Openness and Transparency
C7. Openness and Transparency. Measures taken to promote openness and transparency, access to information, web site use, public posting of information, meeting minutes, notice and comment provisions.
Regarding Novell, Novell is a publicly traded company many years of experience of sharing information both legally required by the various government agencies as well as product and roadmap information as desired by our customers and partners. All relevant information is provided in terms of product literature, support, press releases, and formal policy statements that are posted to the web at www.novell.com.
Regarding the DIF, the following information is relevant:
Chair Winston Bumpus, Novell
Vice-Chair Rich Weir, Critical Path
Program Director Chris Harding, The Open Group
Anyone can send mail to the mailing lists. Subscribers to each list can see the archive of that list and who its subscribers are. The lists are:
firstname.lastname@example.org DIF Members
email@example.com Directory interest
Meetings will be held regularly according the schedules posted at:
Other Relevant Information
All other relevant information can be found on the web at:
http://www.opengroup.org/ and http://www.opengroup.org/directory/
C8 – Initial Directors and Staff
C8. Initial Directors and Staff. The identity and qualifications of the initial directors and staff.
For Novell, see section C3.
For the DIF, see section C7.
C9 – Selection of Directors, Officers, Staff, etc.
C9. Selection of Directors, Officers, Members, Staff, etc. Eligibility, method of selection, term of service, compensation, liability, conflicts of interest, resignation, removal, vacancies.
For Novell, see section C3.
For the DIF, see section C7.
C10 – Policy-Making Procedure
C10. Policy-Making Procedure. Provide a detailed description of the process for formulating policies for the TLD, including a detailed description of the requirements for adoption of different types of policy.
The Directory Interoperability Forum was created in its present form in July 2000, when the organization of that name joined forces with The Open Group's Directory Program to accelerate the interoperability of open directory-enabled applications. The new Forum retained the name "Directory Interoperability Forum" and is part of The Open Group.
Directories are an essential part of the infrastructure necessary to conduct e-business. The Forum enables and promotes open and interoperable directories based on open standards. This makes directories more usable, ensures that any applications written to use an open directory can run with any directory without regard to the supplier, and makes it easy for software developers to create those applications. This gives enterprises and service providers the ability to deliver services to their users and customers with the speed and quality that they expect, and gives application vendors the ability to explore new business opportunities by making it easier for enterprises and service providers to offer their applications.
The Forum also provides testing and certification for applications and servers that leverage the open directory standards, and fosters industry adoption of these standards by working through established standards bodies such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).
The objectives of the DIF are to:
- increase customer confidence to purchase directories through the promotion of open directory standards such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol ("Open Directory Standards");
- provide testing and certification for directory servers and applications that use Open Directory Standards;
- expand the market opportunity for application vendors who implement Open Directory Standards;
- expand the opportunity for Open Directory Standards and help to foster the widespread adoption of Open Directory Standards;
- advance the adoption of Open Directory Standards by working with standards bodies including but not limited to the Internet Engineering Task Force ("IETF") and the Distributed Management Task Force ("DMTF") .
C11 – Meetings and Communication
C11. Meetings and Communication. Frequency of meetings, location of meetings, provisions for telephone meetings, other methods of communication, generation of minutes for meetings.
For Novell, Inc., annual shareholders meetings are held as defined by its Articles of Incorporation and its Bylaws. Dates and times are posted on the web at www.novell.com. All SEC filings, corporate contact information, and press releases are also posted on the web.
For the Directory Interoperability Forum (DIF), all relevant information is posted at http://www.opengroup.org/directory/
C12 – Fiscal Information
C12. Fiscal Information. Initial budget, expenses, existing capital, sources of revenue, accounting, audit, annual report and annual statement.
See the attached Annual Report and Financial Statements.
C13 – Liability
C13. Liability. Liability of the organization, directors, officers, and staff.
C14 – Amendment of Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws
C14. Amendment of Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws. Procedures for making amendments to the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and other organizational documents.
See the attached Articles of Incorporation.
C15 – Reconsideration and Review
C15. Reconsideration and Review. Any policy for allowing reconsideration and review of organization policy or implementation decisions.
See the attached Articles of Incorporation.
- PROPOSED EXTENT OF POLICY-FORMULATION AUTHORITY
C16 – Policy-Formulation Authority Sought
C16. List and describe in detail the areas over which a delegation of policy-formulation authority is sought.
For each area in which policy authority is sought, please address:
C16.1 – Scope of Authority
C16.1. Scope of authority sought;
Novell, as the sponsoring organization for the new .dir TLD, is seeking policy-formulation authority from ICANN in the areas of:
- Defining the set of directory capabilities based on open standards that will be required for participation in the new domain. These will be based on DIF recommendations around open directory standards. See the Description of TLD Policies for a full description the proposed policy.
- Accepting or denying registrations based on the above criteria.
- Delegating authority in these areas to the Registry Operator and any accredited Registrars as needed.
C16.2 – Reasons/Justifications
C16.2. Reasons/justifications for seeking authority;
All policy-formulation authority is sought to ensure that the most productive set of interoperable directory services is available ubiquitously throughout the new domain.
C16.3 – The Interest of the Internet at Large
C16.3. Method of guaranteeing that your orgnization will administer the policy in the interest of the Internet at large; and
Novell will rely on recommendations from the DIF to ensure that all significant providers of directory service products and implementers of directory enabled applications not only agree on the policy but are committed to implementing and deploying products that conform to those recommendations in an demonstrably interoperable manner.
C16.4 – Variations
C16.4. Whether variation from existing ICANN policies is intended at the opening of the new TLD.
We are proposing no variations from existing ICANN policies at the opening of the new TLD.
- CONTRACT TERMS WITH REGISTRY OPERATOR
C17 – Identification of Registry Operator
C17. Identification of Registry Operator. Please list the full legal name, principal address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the registry operator:
The Registry Operator will be Tucows, Inc.
Tucows is a leading distributor of e-business services and applications on the Internet. With a network of more than 3,700 Internet Service Providers, Web hosting companies and Domain Name Resellers in more than 90 countries around the world, it is believed that TUCOWS is the largest network of its kind. The TUCOWS site offers over 30,000 software titles in libraries located around the world, providing users with a fast local download. TUCOWS.com Inc. is an ICANN accredited registrar. The TUCOWS Names division is the leading provider of wholesale domain name registrations and related services.
535 Fifth Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY
General Telephone: 416-535-0123
Toll Free: (800) 371-6992
International Toll Free: IAC (800) 371-6992
Fax Number: (416) 531-5584
Flint, Michigan - Editorial, Author Relations, Content Development
New York, New York - Marketing
Philidelphia, Penn. - Music
C18 – Contract with Registry Operator
C18. Contract with Registry Operator.
Please attach one of the following:
C18.1 – Copy of the Contract with Registry Operator
C18.1. a copy of your contract with the selected registry operator for provision of registry services;
Not Applicable. See Section C18.2 for the proposed terms for a contract with the Registry Operator.
C18.2 – Proposed Terms For a Contract with Registry Operator
C18.2. proposed terms for a contract (i.e. at least a detailed term sheet) with a registry operator for provision of registry services, proof of commitment from the registry operator for provision of services under those proposed terms, and a notation of the estimated date of entry into the contract; or
See the attached Memo of Understanding.
C18.3 – Statement from the Sponsoring Organization
C18.3. a statement that the sponsoring organization will also serve as the registry operator for the proposed TLD. (In this case, the sponsoring organization must prepare and submit the Registry Operator's Proposal in addition to the Sponsoring Organization's Proposal.)
Not Applicable. See Section C18.2 for the proposed terms for a contract with the Registry Operator.