09.4.2014 - What is a Virtual Directory Server?

What is a virtual directory server anyway? It’s hard to define, and it’s hard to come up with a list of all the benefits because it’s a complex and advanced concept that is not well understood outside of the circles where it is used. A virtual directory server is a way to visualize the data between applications that are fundamentally incompatible, as well as directory servers and data stores that are incompatible. A virtual directory server is a type of software application known as a middleware application, and it abstracts back-end data from client software applications, which makes it possible to change the presentation of the data dynamically. You can simply integrate new applications into your current identity infrastructure without needing to alter directory data – your data stays in its original format and place. A virtual directory can be used in an environment where all major platforms are used. It can be ported to, and tweaked for, every major platform. It offers a unified granular security policy for all repositories on the back-end. It even improves total performance through search caching and load balancing. Virtual directory server is the single most flexible and powerful software component you can add to improve the administration and operation of your enterprise directory services. What are some of the benefits of a virtual directory server? ...


  • The database in which all of your organization’s sensitive identity data is stored.
  • A digital ledger in which digital transactions are recorded chronologically and publicly.
  • Securely managing customer identity and profile data, and controlling customer access to applications and services.
  • The means of linking a person's electronic identity and attributes, stored across multiple distinct identity management systems.
  • A legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the EU.
  • The policy-based centralized orchestration of user identity management and access control.
  • An authentication infrastructure that is built, hosted and managed by a third-party service provider.
  • A security system that requires more than one method of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify the user's identity for a login or other transaction.
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  • Managing and auditing account and data access by privileged users.
  • Tools and technologies for controlling user access to critical information within an organization.
  • An authentication process that allows a user to access multiple applications with one set of login credentials.