eWEEK Labs on IBM/Sun: Surviving Directory Would Challenge Microsoft Active Directory
TECH ANALYSIS: If IBM does acquire Sun Microsystems, what will become of the companies' respective directory platforms? It's likely that one would go, but that could be a good thing for all IBM and Sun customers in the long run, including from a security perspective, as the surviving directory is honed to compete with Microsoft Active Directory.There are many product areas that will overlap if IBM does acquire Sun Microsystems, but especially key is the directory space. IBM and Sun have directly competing directory servers, and directories are at the heart of the access control systems that end-user security products depend on. This is particularly true of large, regulated enterprises, where IBM and Sun are likely incumbent suppliers.
IBM Tivoli Directory Server is currently available on a wide range of platforms, including Solaris, Windows, HP-UX, various Linux versions and, of course, IBM's eServer System i, p and z platforms. Sun's Directory Server, which runs on Solaris, is also a high-performance LDAP data store for identity information.
And, while enterprise IT managers would encounter disruption in the face of a directory migration, it's not such a bad thing to take a strategic moment to thoroughly evaluate your directory platform. While there's never a good time to switch directories, an inflection point like the merger of IBM and Sun could be a golden opportunity to consolidate and secure directory information. More eWEEK Labs analyses of the effects of a possible IBM/Sun merger: eWEEK Labs Examines IBM, Sun Product Synergies, Overlap Storage Is the Key Technology Open-Source Community Would Win Databases Would Feed Off Each Other