Do you leverage Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) authentication services within your IT infrastructure? How much upkeep is needed to actively manage applications for cloud and mobile? With recent studies showing cloud-based services on the rise and companies expected to allocate 21% of their IT budget to hosted and cloud-based services in 2018, now’s the time to really consider cloud LDAP competition.
For the past two decades, many IT organizations have employed an on-prem OpenLDAP® implementation to authenticate access as well as organize and retrieve important information via LDAP. However, the increasingly wide range of platforms, systems, applications, and networks entering the market is changing how IT administrators view authentication services. With this in mind, a new wave of cloud LDAP competition is giving OpenLDAP users a viable on-prem LDAP alternative. Follow the post below to understand how a cloud LDAP solution can revamp your user management process and free up valuable resources.
Following the Roots of LDAP
As you may already know, LDAP was developed more than 25 years ago by Tim Howes and his colleagues at the University of Michigan. The focal point for creating LDAP was directly aimed at replacing Directory Access Protocol (DAP) by establishing a new method with a lighter weight protocol for organizing directory information, authenticating access, and reducing overhead access to the X.500 Directory®.
But, what exactly is the X.500 Directory? Think of it as the core of a long-running standard for computer networking and directory services. By using a hierarchical Directory Information Tree (DIT) to store data from across servers, information could then be categorically searched for, retrieved, and accessed.
For Tim Howes and his colleagues at the University of Michigan, implementing the X.500 Directory on desktop computers proved far too protocol-heavy to be practical, and in turn, a landmark opportunity for innovation was presented. According to Tim Howes, the result was “something a little lighter weight to accommodate the Macs and PCs that were on everybody’s desktop.” The result was a flexible, open source authentication standard for directory services.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by George Lattimore. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/cloud-ldap-competition/