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.
Here’s our recommendations. They are all free and open source software.
To provide an insight into the quality of open source software that is available, we have compiled a list of 4 high quality LDAP solutions.
Let’s explore the 4 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.
|389 Directory Server||Enterprise-class Open Source LDAP server|
|OpenLDAP||LDAP suite of applications and development tools|
|ApacheDS||LDAP and Kerberos server written in Java|
|OpenDJ||Cloud Directory for the API Economy|
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