"The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a network
protocol used to access a special purpose database (called a
directory) that stores information about people, organizations, and
computers. What can LDAP do for your business and your network?
"LDAP was developed as an easier version of the Directory Access
Protocol that is part of the X.500 directory standard. It is the
network language spoken between a piece of client software (such as
an email client) and a directory..."