Gartner Research

Virtual Directories: Valuable Present, Promising Future

Published: 16 November 2007

ID: G00203405

Analyst(s): Mark Diodati


In this report, Senior Analyst Mark Diodati surveys the virtual directory vendors, including the recent Oracle and SAP acquisitions. Additionally, Diodati provides use cases for virtual directories, and examines new capabilities, including identity services support, meta-directory capabilities, and integration with web services-based repositories.

Table Of Contents



  • Smells Like Identity Services?
  • BFF: Virtual Directories and Web Access Management Systems
  • Virtualization vs. Synchronization: Meta-Directory Capabilities
  • Identity Administration Capabilities
  • Market Impact
    • The Last of the Independents
    • Sun Enters the Virtual Directory Market
  • Bottom-Line Assessment
  • Recommendations
    • Architect for Availability
    • Architect for Performance

The Details

  • Use Cases
    • Heterogeneous Data Repository Access
    • Shadow Attributes
    • LDAP Data Simplification and Reorganization
    • Dynamic Groups
    • Data Transformation
  • Virtualization
    • Repository Definitions
    • Views
  • Access Protocols
  • Caching, Persistent Store, and Meta-Directory
  • Population and Refresh
  • The Vendors
    • Oracle
    • Radiant Logic
    • SAP
    • Sun Microsystems
    • Symlabs


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