Choosing an LDAP Server

OpenLDAP, Apache Directory Server, 389 Directory Server, RedHatChoosing an LDAP server can be a complicated task. There are a number of different solutions that purport to be excellent LDAP servers. But, fighting through the noise can be difficult, and it’s a complicated issue already. Choosing the right LDAP server for your organization is paramount, and now IT admins have another option—LDAP in the cloud. Provided as a SaaS-based solution, LDAP-as-a-Service can provide an excellent alternative to traditional on-prem LDAP solutions.

Ultimately, the decision for choosing the right LDAP offering is based on an organization’s key requirements. So, in this blog post we’ll highlight a few different options for LDAP solutions and then discuss different requirements as a basis for your decision.

LDAP Server Solutions


OpenLDAP is perhaps the most popular open source LDAP server in the market. But, OpenLDAP™ is mainly used at the command line and often requires a fair amount of expertise to run. Ultimately, this option should be reserved for the most experienced IT pros out there, as it essentially requires an engineer to run and maintain.

Apache Directory Server

This is another popular OpenLDAP server that also includes Kerberos support. Apache Directory Server’s main claim to fame has been its stronger maintenance and management capabilities with Apache Directory Studio as well as the ability to run stored procedures and triggers.

389 Directory Server (Previously Fedora Directory Server)

Yet another incarnation of LDAP, 389 Directory Server is focused on being a reasonably high-performance version of the protocol. Also, RedHat and SUSE dropped support for OpenLDAP and instead will utilize 389 Directory Server, which is their homegrown version of the LDAP protocol.  


This is a commercial version of an LDAP server, delivered from the cloud and made accessible to all different types of IT admins. From seasoned IT admins to jack-of-all trades types, Directory-as-a-Service is a complete directory services solution that utilizes more than just LDAP; it is a reimagination of directory services as a whole.

LDAP Requirements

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