Benefits of a Cloud Directory

VINCE LUJAN | February 26, 2019

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As IT organizations move more of their infrastructure to the cloud, many are realizing the benefits of a cloud directory. In short, the benefits of a cloud directory are increasing productivity and agility while reducing cost and management overhead. The longer story is how, which is what we’ll discuss in this blog post. A Directory is Born The story of the modern directory service begins in 1992. The scene is set at the University of Michigan, where a young Tim Howes is working in the University’s information technology division. Howes has just completed an assignment to deploy an X.500 directory service for the campus, but in doing so, he realizes that X.500 is far too complicated and heavy of a protocol for the machines on most people’s desktops. Howes then resolves to create a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol to replace X.500, and subsequently, LDAP is born.

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