UDDI Spec Needs What LDAP Has
You may think LDAP was yesterday's news, but the spotlight is hitting it again as vendors work to tie it to the UDDI standard.You may think LDAP was yesterdays news, but the spotlight is hitting it again as vendors work to tie it to the UDDI standard. Developed in 2000 by Ariba Inc., IBM, Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp. and SAP AG, the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration specification describes Web-based services and the interface required so that businesses and business applications can interact across the Internet. Much work is being done to tie LDAP to UDDI, especially since LDAPs strengthswhich include maturity, reliability, scalability and securityare key attributes lacking in current Web services standards, experts say.
On the standards front, Novell Inc. issued a submission to the Internet Engineering Task Force aiming to formalize the role of LDAP in Web services by extending the schema of LDAP and outlining how to represent UDDI data in an LDAP directory. On the product front, Sun Microsystems Inc.s Sun Open Net Environment, or Sun ONE, Registry Server will allow IT managers to store UDDI repositories in an LDAP directory. Novell also has plans to deliver a UDDI server product as part of its next-generation eDirectory platform sometime next year, said Alan Nugent, Novells chief technology officer, in Cambridge, Mass.