LDAP is one area of interest for MSPs as they continue to take over the management of IT networks large and small. The most innovative MSPs are developing a wide range of offerings to suit the specific needs of their individual clients, which often includes LDAP authentication.
The challenge for MSPs has historically been that LDAP was an on-prem implementation that generally required constant maintenance and dedicated staff to operate. Fortunately, the shift to the cloud is creating new opportunities for MSPs with respect to identity management.
Case in point, there is now a cloud IAM tool that provides LDAP for MSPs with ease.
LDAP was created in the early 1990s by our friend and advisor, Tim Howes, and his colleagues at the University of Michigan. LDAP was developed as a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, relative to the precursor X.500 directory services protocol from which LDAP was derived.
“I was in a group of young upstarts who were trying to bring Unix and the Internet to campus,” Howes told us in an interview. “At that time, I was also working for the University’s information technology division. I was assigned this project to deploy an X.500 directory for the campus, which I completed, but I quickly learned that it was way too heavy of a protocol and too complicated for the machines that were on most people’s desktops. So, LDAP came out of my desire to do something a little lighter weight to accommodate the Macs and PCs that were on everybody’s desktop.”
LDAP was highly successful. In fact, LDAP became the internet authentication standard in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it inspired the creation of OpenLDAP™ and Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD), and it is still one of the top authentication protocols in use today.
For example, many IT admins and DevOps engineers leverage LDAP to authenticate and authorize user access to their more technical solutions. So, given that LDAP has remained a popular authentication protocol for managing modern SMBs, it makes sense that MSPs should build an LDAP solution (Read more...)