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OpenDS 2.2 cloud-based LDAP server available!

The newest, easiest way to get an LDAP server up and running is now here!  No more buying hardware, hoping it will provide enough capacity for your growing needs, no more configuring software and all the headaches caused by prerequisites for this package, or versions needed by that package.  In a matter of minutes, you can have your own hosted LDAP server up and running, ready to be populated with your own data.

Based on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, the new OpenDS 2.2 image from Conklin Technology Group is running openSUSE 11.2, with Sun's open-source OpenDS 2.2.0 software.  In addition, you'll get the phpLDAPadmin tool pre-configured so you can easily manage your new server.

To sign up, you can use the following URL:

For additional information to help you get started, check out the detailed documentation available here:

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New hosted Drupal option

According to this article, Acquia is planning to offer a hosted Drupal service in the next few months.  Drupal has always been my favorite CMS for things like intranet sites, mostly due to its strong taxonomy feature.  It's much easier to find content after it's been posted if the articles can be tagged with multiple topics.  Unlike something like Sharepoint, where it goes under some inflexible folder structure, never to be seen again...

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Hosted LDAP server from Conklin Technology

Conklin Technology Group is proud to announce a new cloud-based LDAP server, running in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), available soon!

With this new product, you can easily have your own LDAP server up and running in a matter of minutes, all of the configuration has been completed already. Simply power on the machine, and you're off and running. The underlying products include OpenDS 2.2, as well as phpLDAPadmin for managing your new instance. All of the software is pre-installed, and allows you to get started quickly.

So stay tuned, in the next week or so, the service will be available through Amazon's web services site. If you haven't already signed up for Amazon's EC2 service, you might want to do it now, to familiarize yourself with their offerings.

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The future of Sun Directory Server

Well, now that Oracle's purchase of Sun has been finalized, it raises some interesting questions about the future of Sun's products, especially in overlap areas, like Java application servers, Sun Directory, OpenSSO, etc.

Thankfully, Oracle has posted several Webcasts with Sr. VP Hasan Rivzi, detailing many of the future roadmap decisions, which products will be strategic, how long Oracle will provide support for Sun's products, etc.

The identity management strategy webcast can be viewed here: