iPlanet announces next-generation directory services strategy

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iPlanet e-Commerce Solutions has announced its strategy for next-generation directory services. The cornerstone is a new architecture that radically changes how applications integrate with a standards-based LDAP directory to help enable dynamic interaction of directory information.

iPlanet’s new Directory Application Integration (DAI) architecture radically simplifies how developers write directory-enabled applications. As a result, applications and services such as email, calendar, portal, e-commerce, ERP and supply chain management can use directory information through easy-to-use interfaces.

A person using a mobile wireless device to trade stocks on the internet, for example, would be presented with stock trading information tailored to their device. The information is also based on who they are and what they have access to – all stored in the directory.

The new architecture makes it easier for developers to deliver applications that dynamically map user profile information to any device, anywhere, on-the-fly.

The company also plans to introduce iPlanet Directory Server 5 later this year. Directory Server is currently the world’s leading e-commerce directory with 70% of the LDAP market and over 200 million licenses sold.

Version 5 new features will include: multi-master replication and load balancing for true service-level fault-tolerant support; data partitioning and distribution to provide carrier-class scalability; major read/write performance to utilise the directory as the primary repository for all customer profile information.

iPlanet e-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance, was established in March 1999 by America Online and Sun Microsystems, to power the next wave of the net economy.



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