A Directory Service for the Internet Age - Part 3

Posted by Neil Wilson on Oct 28, 2014 4:00:00 AM

Internet-Grade Availability

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

A Directory Service for the Internet Age - Part 2

Posted by Neil Wilson on Oct 28, 2014 3:59:00 AM

Internet-Grade Security

In general, security is an area in which directory servers have typically surpassed other types of network data repositories, or at the very least in which clients have more commonly taken advantage of more of the security functionality that the server has to offer. For example, whereas applications using a relational database generally use a single account for all interactions with the database, most well-written LDAP applications issue requests under the authorization of the end user so that a request performed on behalf of a user will be subject to whatever restrictions are enforced for that user. At the very least, most directories have some kind of password policy mechanism that can be used to provide some safeguards and constraints around authentication processing, and some kind of access control mechanism that can be used to restrict what individual users are allowed to do. But this is not nearly enough to adequately protect your data in the modern world.

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

A Directory Service for the Internet Age--Part 1

Posted by Neil Wilson on Oct 16, 2014 4:00:00 AM

Internet-Grade Scalability and Performance

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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.

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