Gartner Research

Virtual Directory Services

Published: 09 July 2012

ID: G00233855

Analyst(s): Mark Diodati , Gerry Gebel


Virtual directories — servers that can assemble identity data from multiple, heterogeneous repositories — have existed in the identity and access management (IAM) world for more than 12 years. Virtual directories provide value to many large organizations by dramatically shortening the deployment cycle of IdM applications. As organizations move applications to the cloud, virtual directory services are becoming even more valuable. This iteration of the "Virtual Directory Services" template accounts for significant changes in the industry. *The secondary authors listed above have been included for attribution purposes only. They were the original authors of this content, but were not involved in the latest update. As they are no longer employed at Gartner, please contact the lead author if you have questions.

Table Of Contents

Template Applicability

Template Map

Template Diagram

Template Description

  • Upstream Load Balancer
  • Downstream Load Balancer
  • Administrative Console
  • VDS Store
  • VDS Stack
    • Repository Interface
    • Data Storage
    • Listeners

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