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Open Source Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Solutions

Open Source LDAP Solutions

LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is an application protocol for accessing directory services. It runs on a layer above the TCP/IP stack incorporating simplified encoding methods, and offers a convenient way to connect to, search, and modify Internet directories, specifically X.500-based directory services. It is an open, vendor-neutral, industry standard application protocol. LDAP utilizes a client-server model.

This protocol is specifically targeted at management applications and browser applications that provide read/write interactive access to directories.

The main benefit of using an LDAP server is that information for an entire organization can be consolidated into a central repository. LDAP supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS), so that sensitive data can be protected. LDAP servers are used for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, user authentication, machine authentication, user/system groups, asset tracking, organization representation, and application configuration stores.

To provide an insight into the quality of open source software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 high quality LDAP solutions.

Now, let's explore the 5 LDAP solutions at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

LDAP Solutions
389 Directory Server Enterprise-class Open Source LDAP server
OpenDJ Cloud Directory for the API Economy
OpenLDAP LDAP suite of applications and development tools
freeIPA Identity/Policy Management
ApacheDS LDAP and Kerberos server written in Java

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