Cloud computing

Red Hat Directory Server

Centralized identity information

Easily manage access across partner, supplier, and customer relationships

Managing user access to multiple systems is a challenge. In a UNIX environment, providing access based on locally stored information becomes unmanageable as the number of systems and users increases. Storing the user information in a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)-based directory—like Red Hat® Directory Server—makes the system scalable, manageable, and secure.


Advanced security

  • Deep control

    Gives you centralized, fine-grained access control, including control based on user identity, group membership, role identity, IP address, domain name, or pattern-based rules

  • Data protection

    Restricts access to directory data with control down to the attribute value level

  • Multiple access methods

    Allows access anonymously or via authentication methods, like user ID and password or X.509v3 public key certificates

  • Policy replication

    Stores access control list (ACL) information with each entry so that security policy is replicated with the data

  • Certificate-based authentication

    Provides the foundation for strong certificate-based authentication when used in conjunction with Red Hat Certificate System

Product details

Centralize identity information in a network-based registry

Let users work from any computer

Red Hat Directory Server is an operating system-independent, network-based registry that lets administrators centrally store user identity and application information, like:

  • Application settings.
  • User profiles.
  • Group data.
  • Policies.
  • Access control information.

Applications can achieve location independence by storing and retrieving preferences in the directory instead of reading separate files on a user’s desktop. This lets users work at virtually any computer—as if they were at their own desktops. It also lets IT administrators manage user credentials and profiles in 1 place, regardless of the size or number of apps that use the information.

Find out how Red Hat Directory Server has benefited other enterprises

Increased availability

4-way multimaster replication of data across the enterprise helps ensure high availability. Deploying multiple master servers eliminates write availability as a single point of failure. Red Hat Directory Server also minimizes downtime for administration and maintenance by allowing backups, configuration changes, schema updates, indexing, and restoration of data to occur while the directory is online.

The multimaster replication was a huge issue for us previously. Red Hat Directory Server has solved that completely. Students, faculty, and staff [can] make password changes effectively and securely so they can focus on their work.

Michael Pettinicchio, systems administrator, Dartmouth College

Simple management

Red Hat Directory Server simplifies user management by eliminating data redundancy and automating data maintenance. 4-way multimaster replication also makes architecting and designing the directory deployment more flexible. Scripts for monitoring and troubleshooting replication simplify the process for administrators. Updates can be simultaneously applied to 1 or more directories, and changes automatically propagate to other participating servers.

Low administration costs

By centralizing the management of people and their profiles, Red Hat Directory Server cuts administrative costs. It also allows personalization by acting as a central repository for user profiles and preferences.

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