Paper 98

Generated: Mon Dec 2 15:03:04 2002


98 - TitleLDAP Directory Integration for ISP's and Enterprises
AuthorsNickolay Rashev, Bianor
Kostadin Jordanov, Bianor
PC MemberNo
Contact personNickolay Rashev, , +359-2-9624524
Main Fields
Other Main FieldsNetworks and Internet
Internet, Intranet and Extranet
Governmental Networks
Worldwide and Nationwide Internet structure
Recent Internet technologies
Computerization, national computer networks and informatics infrastructure
e-trade and e-business
Structuring Internet in Turkey
Internet security
Free software, open source and internet
Abstract + KeywordsThe directory project analysis includes both the short-term and long-term benefits of a directory infrastructure. The short-term benefits are related to administrative overhead and the quality of directory information. Managing multiple directories that contain similar information escalates administrative costs and reduces the quality of information in the directory.

For ISP’s and hosting companies, integrated web hosting system saves valuable management resources by automating the time consuming aspects of web hosting. Such a system provides a simple, integrated, and easy to use web interface that allows both client's and provider's technical staff to easily maintain all clients and accounts. Using a directory-centric hosting system insures that a manageable, secure, and scalable solution is in place to support the need for business growth.

The benefits of an enterprise directory deployment far outweigh the costs of maintaining multiple directories. Companies can get a return of approximately five times their directory investment, depending on how many directories they integrate. That return will manifest itself in administrative and support cost savings related to directory management.

It’s more difficult to measure the long-term benefits, but they’re equally important. Over the long term, the directory will become an essential part of the enterprise computing infrastructure, providing the foundation for a variety of applications and services. E-commerce, extranet, and other distributed applications will not scale without a solid directory foundation. Policy-based management systems will use the directory to reduce the costs of managing desktop computers, network devices, and other systems. They’ll also increase the efficiency of the network, allowing managers to personalize the network to fit the needs of individuals, groups, and applications.

This combination of short-term and long-term benefits clearly justifies a directory investment on the part of organizations that are trying to simplify their internal network environments while simultaneously trying to extend their networks to support extranet and e-commerce applications.


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