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PART III Identity Management > 10 Oracle Directory Services

CHAPTER 10
Oracle Directory Services

This chapter focuses on Oracle’s approach to solving the challenge of providing fast, reliable, and scalable repository for storing, organizing, and retrieving identity and access information. Oracle’s directory strategy relies on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) standard as the primary interface for exchanging and managing the directory data. The original point of creating the LDAP server was to have an information repository highly optimized for reading data. While Oracle has certainly made its LDAP servers much more capable in handling large transaction (read-write) volumes, optimized reads continues to be the basic driver for using an LDAP server.

Oracle offers two directory products—Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD)—that represent two unique but complementary solutions for managing and exchanging identity and access information via LDAP. In this chapter, we will review these products from the perspective of managing, storing, organizing, and retrieving identity data. Instead of being too focused on the LDAP standard or generic directory design, we focus on how to apply these Oracle products to solve common challenges in this space.


  

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