LDAP directories will soon be free, Meta says

Staff report

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory market has reached the point of commoditization where such services will soon be free, according to a new report by Meta Group. The Stamford, Conn.-based consulting firm predicts that by 2005 to 2006, directory services will be given away as part of frameworks solutions.

According to Meta, the LDAP market is made up of vendors that sell server-based products used primarily as repositories of information about people or objects for authentication, identity verification or lookup. LDAP directories are used primarily in authentication services to enable access to network-based resources or applications, and are differentiated from generic operating system directories by the use of LDAP standards for access and use.

"For users, this is good news as they negotiate expansion of existing directory services," said Earl Perkins, a Meta vice president and lead author of the report. "For vendors without partners or frameworks, this spells trouble."

The Meta LDAP report said that the importance of directories has been overstated, and that the applications that leverage the directories are providing the actual efficiency, productivity and security that businesses are looking for.

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