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As the identity management market continues to build up speed with 24 billion dollars of growth expected by the end of 2022 (Market Research Future: Identity and Access Management Market Research Report – Global Forecast 2022), open source availability has been a frequent concern. IT admins are surveying the options and rightfully asking, “Are there any modern open source directory services available to use?” To answer this question, let’s take a look at the scene together.

Challenges for Legacy Open Source Directory Services

Challenges for legacy open source directory servicesThere are a number of open source directory services platforms in the identity management market that IT organizations should be aware of. These identity providers include OpenLDAP, FreeIPA, Samba, 389, and a number of others. For open source aficionados, however, there aren’t really any new open source directory services solutions available. Or, said in another way, as the identity management world migrates to the cloud, an open source cloud directory service isn’t really in the cards.

DevOps Experience

The challenge that virtually all of these open source directory services platforms face is that they have targeted a specific slice of the overall market. In the case of OpenLDAP, LDAP-based systems and applications are heavily targeted. For FreeIPA and Samba, they specifically act as adjuncts to support Linux® in Microsoft® Active Directory® environments, while 389 is based off of Sun’s old directory services solution, which in turn was based on LDAP.

Cloud is the New Core of Choice

Cloud is the new core of choiceWhile all of these identity providers can be helpful in the right situation, they largely do not function as a modern organization’s core directory service. Over the last 20 years or so, the function of the core directory service has really been handled by Microsoft Active Directory. This homogeneous strategy worked wonders for Microsoft, as they were able to lock-in IT organizations by excluding competition, such as Mac® and Linux® systems.

But, as the modern IT landscape shifts to the cloud and propagates mixed-platform environments, AD is being phased out as the identity management solution of choice. Cloud-forward organizations are seizing the (Read more...)

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George Lattimore

George is a writer at JumpCloud, a central source for authenticating, authorizing, and managing your IT infrastructure through the cloud. With a degree in Marketing and a graduate degree in progress in Public Communications and Technology, George enjoys learning how the IT landscape is adapting to a diversified field of technology.

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