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Re: Meta Directory
Michael Ströder wrote:
> Tod Thomas wrote:
> > Michael Ströder wrote:
> >> Jehan PROCACCIA wrote:
> >>> Openldap with backend-meta !
> >> Isn't that more an LDAP proxy giving on-line access to various data
> >> sources with name mangling capabilities? A thing some vendors call
> >> 'Virtual Directory'?
> >> Whereas meta directories are typically used for syncing data off-line
> >> from various sources.
> > A "...successful metadirectory needs to be an information broker with a
> > replication capability. It needs to run on a variety of platforms
> > including NT, Unix, as well as the IBM S/390 mainframe. It needs to
> > interoperate with other metadirectory solutions with support for LDAP,
> > X.500, and Active Directory."*
> Pretty much, isn't it?
> Now the first question is: What do *you* wanna do with such a beast?
> > It seems the definition of a metadirectory hasn't quite been pinned down
> More or less a meta-directory is a programming framework with big libraries
> for implementing the connectors.
Good, is there an open sourced version available? I've looked at Ganymede but it
doesn't _seem_ to provide two way synchronization. And while we're at it what
about provisioning tools?
> > As I'm typing this I realize that given my above attempt at a definition
> > LDAP becomes just another component within a group of data resources.
> > Please define 'off-line' for me, I want to be sure of what you're
> > describing.
> I have to admit that 'off-line' might be the wrong word. I meant that
> meta-directories, in opposite to 'virtual directories', do not handle a
> client request directly, gathering and massaging the results passed to the
> client. Meta-directories are for implementing synchronization processes
> working in the background, not upon end-user client's request.
Ok, I got it now.
> BTW: We should switch over to email@example.com list with such a general topic...
> Ciao, Michael.
You know that was my first thought, but it seems that the umich ldap discussion is
closed and references back to openldap! Am I looking in the wrong place?