A Directory Service for the Internet Age (Introduction)

Posted by Neil Wilson on Oct 14, 2014 4:00:00 AM

There was a time when "enterprise" was used as a buzzword to reference software with the highest degree of scalability. That is, software that needs to handle thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of users. But those days are long gone. In the Internet age, you need to be able to scale to at least hundreds of millions of users. It's a global economy where your business is always open and downtime is unacceptable. And it's a shady neighborhood where bad guys are everywhere and security is paramount.

In the enterprise, LDAP directory services are the logical choice. Most enterprise software supports using LDAP for authentication and storing account information, and it's not hard to find a directory server that can handle that load. But what about applications that need Internet scale? Sadly, some directory vendors don't seem to have invested much effort in making the jump to the next level. For example, while DSEE was once considered the cream of the crop of enterprise directories, Oracle is ending support for it in December after years of stagnation. But at UnboundID, we're committed to staying ahead of the curve when it comes to performance, scalability, availability, security, and functionality of our Directory Server software. You don't have to give up the advantages and familiarity of a directory service just to be able to meet the current and future demands of the tech landscape. Check in for my next blog, where I’ll discuss internet-grade scalability and performance—part 1 in my blog series: A Directory Service for the Internet Age.

Topics: General, Identity API's, Privacy and Preference Management