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2. GlassFish Security Realms > Security realms

Security realms

Security realms, like many other standards, functionalities, and capabilities, are provided to address the requirement of enterprise application developments when it comes to reusing security assets.

Authenticating using security realms

Security realms provide a standard way for application servers to authenticate the identity provided by a user, or an entity like another software or hardware against a set of already defined identity stored in identity storages. Some of the common identity storages are as follows:

  • Flat files for development time or for small applications
  • Relational databases for applications of all sizes
  • LDAP servers for mid or enterprise-scale applications
  • Microsoft Active Directory, which is an LDAP implementation

  

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