Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

Fedora Directory Server would KILL openLDAP

Redhat had announced recently that their "aquired" AOL Netscape Directory server would be released as an opensource product. There have been debates on whether RedHat would make this move especially after they spent 20.5 Million Dollars in this aquisition last september. Well, If you have been fololowing the developments at RedHat, you'd notice that the Fedora Directory Server Community have been abuzz with developers scrambling around to better the product and build plugins etc. They have also begun to publicly make available sourcecode for migrating from openLDAP to Fedora Directory Server.. Every startup in the silicon valley had a tendency to use OpenLDAP or OEM the Sun Directory Server. Would this move by RedHat prompt a startup:wide move to Fedora Directory Server ?. Well, I dont think so. The startups have invested a lot of effort, time and energy arpound either embedding OpenLDAP or OEM the Sun Directory Server. Making architecture change in a startup company is not a simple move as their product turnaround times are dicatated by their venture capitalists and the release announcements that they have already made. In addition the folks who have OEM'd the Sun Directory Server have this huge group of support engineers on standby to help enable deployment. If startups had to make a move from Sun Directory to Fedora Directory, they would have to SACRIFICE the backend support, their currently embedded features and a whole lot more. But those who have been using OpenLDAP might most probably consider a move to Fedora Directory Server. One organization I am thinking of is infoblox. They might use Fedora Directory as an embedded product for ldapONE, their LDAP Appliance. but will they make this move? or would they consider OEMing the Sun Directory? Guess time will tell.
UPDATE: I Just noticed the infoblox is not advertising their ldapONE as a product offering now, I assume that have simply pulled out of the idea of shrinkwrapping openldap into an appliance. Guess they have decided to stick to their DNS offerings as Cricket Liu is their trump card.
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