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Provisioning Control and Role-Based Administration Cited as Keys to Success


READING, 30 July 2002 -- In conjunction with technology industry analyst
IDC, Aelita Software Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise
management solutions for Windows-centric networks, today released an
analysis of Active Directory deployments in enterprise class environments.
The new IDC white paper, Managing Large-Scale Active Directory Deployments,
discusses the benefits of Active Directory and the technical limitations
that must be addressed in large-scale Active Directory deployments.


The paper is available on the Aelita Web site: http://www.aelita.com/IDC


"Active Directory environments are not only complex and time consuming to
build and deploy, ongoing management presents real challenges for users,"
said Al Gillen, Research Director, System Software, at IDC. "This paper
should help companies better understand and respond to the challenges they
will face with this new tool."



Based on extensive research of current deployments, the paper determines
that although businesses are aware of the benefits of Active Directory, they
often encounter technical limitations that impact successful management.
Limitations identified include the lack of business rules enforcement when
populating and managing Active Directory, difficulty in assessing and
auditing security settings, limited delegation capabilities, and the
complexity of group policy management.



IDC recommends that "before considering using Active Directory in a
large-scale corporate deployment, IT managers should determine how they will
resolve issues related to the technology limitations of Active Directory."
The paper continues, " ... comprehensive policy-based management requires
organisations to delve deeper into managing the systems and organizations
better than the native tools supplied with Windows 2000 can offer."



The paper examines how third-party tools can overcome these limitations,
with a focus on Aelita Enterprise Directory Manager (EDM). EDM combines
rules-based provisioning with role-based delegation management for Windows
2000, Active Directory and Exchange 5.5/2000. This "rule and roles" approach
to management offers the features and benefits that IDC cites as key to
successful Active Directory deployment.



Managing Large- Scale Active Directory Deployments also describes additional
features of EDM that may deliver benefits, including integrating Active
Directory with other enterprise directories, such as human resources
applications. This integration enables automated employee identity
management and improves business workflow processes. EDM can build on the
existing capabilities of Active Directory to deliver additional benefits and
a greater return on investment.



"The most successful deployments have planned for both migrating to and
managing Active Directory," said Ratmir Timashev, president and chief
executive officer of Aelita Software. "The best administrators have a vision
of how Active Directory can revolutionise their networks during the next
five to ten years. With the real world performance of EDM and other Aelita
solutions, administrators can achieve their goals."



The white paper concludes with the recommendation that "users with complex
or highly geographically distributed organizations evaluate Aelita EDM for
the benefits it could offer their organizations."



IDC analysts Al Gillen and Fred Broussard researched and wrote the new white
paper. Gillen, Research Director, System Software, in IDC's Infrastructure
Software family of programs, is responsible for research and analysis on
server, client and embedded operating systems as well as related
infrastructure software. Broussard is a Senior Research Analyst, PC and
Device Management Software, in the System Infrastructure Software program,
specifically focusing on client management software applications.



About Aelita Software Corporation


Aelita Software, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for software products,
provides comprehensive Windows-centric enterprise management solutions that
focus on migration and deployment, administration and provisioning,
operations and security, and backup and recovery. Aelita solutions improve
the usability and security of Windows 2000, Active Directory, Microsoft
Exchange and .NET infrastructures, while also extending Windows-centric
network management to multi-platform enterprises. Recent Aelita innovations
include ZeroIMPACT(tm) Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000 migration, the first
full-featured Active Directory recovery solution, and a new approach to
operations and security management that is enabling network managers,
security directors and CIO's to use operating and security data in new ways.
Aelita Software is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and can be reached at
(800) 263-0036.


For more information on Aelita, go to http://www.aelita.com or
contact sales@aelita.com .



Media/Analyst Contact for Aelita Software:


Aurélie Leonard/James Russell
Éclat Marketing
aurelie@eclat.co.uk
james@eclat.co.uk
0118 989 5600

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