Gartner Research

Directory Services Vendor Survey

Published: 10 September 2012

ID: G00236288

Analyst(s): Kevin Kampman


Directory services continue to adapt to massive increases in the volume of entries, attributes and inquiries. Directory services are also influenced by new and emerging standards and functionality expectations. Vendors continue to improve products to address these new requirements. This assessment compares current vendors' directory services and integration capabilities.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Business Influences
  • Market Trends
    • New Marketplace Demands
    • Vendor Acquisitions
  • Technology Trends
    • Informational Flexibility
    • Changes in Directory Access and Functionality
    • Information Accessibility and Protection
  • Customer Directory Requirements
    • Current and Future Influences for Directory Deployments
    • What Capabilities Do Vendors Offer?
  • Directory Features and Capabilities
  • Directory Services Vendor Comparisons
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Gartner Definitions
    • Directory
    • Directory Proxy
    • Metadirectory
    • Synchronization
    • Virtual Directory

The Details

  • Vendor Overviews
    • Atos
    • CA Technologies
    • Critical Path
    • ForgeRock
    • IBM
    • Microsoft
    • NetIQ
    • Oracle
    • Radiant Logic
    • UnboundID
    • ViewDS

Recommended Reading

Appendix A: Directory Services Vendor Survey and RFP Template

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