Uses And Benefits Of LDAP
LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is protocol which provide the feasibility of maintaining, organizing, monitoring and distributing of data over an internet protocol network either public Internet, corporate intranet or both. Directory service of LDAP play very useful role for sharing the information of users, services, systems, applications and individuals through the network. LDAP directory services provide the hierarchical structure and well organized set of information such as user record contain filter, that disable user by using active flag this option is available in every record of user.
Lets we see the some uses and benefits of using LDAP.
LDAP is obvious from his name is a light weight directory. It is implemented very easily over the internet. Design of LDAP was prepared and implemented at University Of Michigan. It is designed such that it supports today's internet. LDAP has impressed the later internet protocols such as later versions of X.500, Service Location protocol, Directory Service Markup Language, XML Enabled Directory and Service Provisioning Markup Language.
The main benefit of using the LDAP is provide the centralized data sharing repository. Instead each department use individual repository to store the information such like email data, telephone no., address etc. LDAP provides one sharing repository where all the departments of organization can access data when needed. Centralized repository save the time instead to contact with different departments for getting information you can access and get the information without disturbing other departments.
Every organization has some sensitive data need to secure this. Data security and protection is another benefit of using LDAP. LDAP use secure security layer and transport layer security to secure the sensitive data. LDAP is also used to secure the infrastructure from end users.
LDAP provides the scalable directory infrastructure. LDAP support the automatic failover features and dynamically shared the load balance. Another benefit of using the LDAP is to provide the graphical view of load, performance, trend and traffic. Using graphical interface, it is easy to monitor and analyze the directory infrastructure.