sendmail.net: Intro to LDAP, Part OneApr 30, 2000, 17:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Donnelly)
"If you work in the computing industry, the chances are good that you've heard of LDAP by now. Wondering what all the excitement is about? Want to know a little more about the underlying technology? You've come to the right place. This two-part introduction - the first in a series of articles describing how to design, implement, and integrate an LDAP environment at your company - will familiarize you with the concepts behind LDAP while leaving the really hardcore details for later...."
"To start with, what's happening with LDAP today is exciting. A company-wide LDAP implementation can enable almost any application, running on almost any computer platform, to obtain information from your LDAP directory. And that directory can be used to store a broad range of data: email address and mail routing information, HR data, public security keys, contact lists, and much more. By making an LDAP directory a focal point in your systems integration, you're providing one-stop shopping whenever people go looking for information within your company - even if the primary source of the data lives elsewhere."
"But wait, you say. You're already using an Oracle, Sybase, Informix, or Microsoft SQL database to store much of that same data. How is LDAP different? What makes it better? Read on."