OpenLDAP is the leading open source implementation of LDAP, connecting a number of technical solutions such as Linux systems, source code applications, databases, VPNs, and more. This post is a discussion about how a cloud OpenLDAP can benefit your organization.
While OpenLDAP is commonly used, it is painful to implement, manage, and integrate. IT admins have considered how to simplify traditional LDAP directories for a long time. Between the complexity of maintaining an identity provider on-prem and the increased diversity in enterprise solutions like systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), web and on-prem applications (e.g Atlassian, GitHub, Salesforce, Jenkins, Docker, and millions more), cloud and on-prem servers (AWS, Google Cloud, and internal data centers), online storage systems (NAS, cloud, etc.), and wired and WiFi infrastructure, implementing traditional Identity Access Management (IAM) can be a huge headache.
Fortunately, cloud-based infrastructure has entered a golden age, taking the traditional models in software, storage, and infrastructure by storm. LDAP directories are the next platform to be radically streamlined by the cloud.
Traditional Directories lay the groundwork for Cloud OpenLDAP
LDAP was created in the early 1990s by Tim Howes and his colleagues at the University of Michigan. The idea was to create a vendor neutral industry standard protocol for connecting users to the IT resources they needed over an IP network. In the 90’s, open source projects gained popularity with the rise of the internet. Linux was a huge driver for this. As a result, a lightweight directory protocol like LDAP was direly needed at the time to replace X.500 – and it took off – primarily because of the incredible Unix/Linux based systems and applications being created at the time. Over time, LDAP became one of the most important authentication protocols, used by universities, enterprises, and organizations.
A Modern Interpretation of OpenLDAP
Fortunately, OpenLDAP in the cloud is now possible with LDAP-as-a-Service. OpenLDAP delivered as-a-service shifts the problems of implementation, management, and integration to a third party provider like JumpCloud – thus alleviating IT admins of the busy work of maintaining the directory. IT admins can then focus on (Read more...)