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Re: FW: running DB on different machine than slapd
Kelly, Terence P wrote:
I'm a researcher and one of my interests is in
the trade-offs between performance and other
properties (e.g., fault isolation/security)
that various software architectures offer.
Furthermore I want to include OpenLDAP in an
apples-to-apples comparison involving other
applications with multi-tier architectures in
which the various tiers run on separate physical
Therefore I'm interested in any way of running
the underlying database on a different physical
machine then the slapd application, even if the
performance overhead is substantial.
Does that make sense?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can
It doesn't sound like an apples-to-apples comparison is really possible, since
the primary mode of operation for the OpenLDAP server is monolithic.
However, you can of course configure OpenLDAP's back-sql to talk to a remote
RDBMS server if that's what you really want to do. I don't consider this a
realistic use of OpenLDAP, but the support exists for those masochistic enough
to go there.
On the other hand, if what you're really testing is multi-tier from the client
perspective, then it should suffice to call the LDAP client the first tier, and
a remote OpenLDAP server the second tier. If you want to introduce more levels
of indirection you can simply stack back-ldap proxies between the client and
the ultimate data server, but again, adding layers for the sake of layering
seems pretty unrealistic to me.
-- Howard Chu
Chief Architect, Symas Corp. http://www.symas.com
Director, Highland Sun http://highlandsun.com/hyc/
Chief Architect, OpenLDAP http://www.openldap.org/project/