The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Directory Server 1.0 LDAP Certified by the Open Group for the Second Year

Industry's Only Certified Open Source, Enterprise-Grade LDAP Server

Provides Interoperability Guarantee

Sep 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from Apache Software Foundation

    FOREST HILL, Md., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Apache
 Software Foundation's (ASF) Directory Project today announced its continued
 certification to the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) product
 standard as defined by The Open Group. The Apache Directory Server 1.0
 (ApacheDS) is the first and, currently, only Open Source LDAP server among
 several certified commercial directory solutions. The Apache Directory
 Project's enterprise directory server platform enables other Internet
 services to store their data within the directory so they may be managed
 using LDAP. ApacheDS is currently being utilized worldwide as an embedded
 LDAP component in both commercial and Open Source products such as network
 appliances, application servers and standalone software packages. In
 addition, ApacheDS has become the de facto standard in enabling Unit
 testing of LDAP code in Java software applications.
     The Apache Directory project continues its commitment to the LDAP
 product standard, thanks to the ongoing support of The Open Group. The
 certification of Apache DS 1.0 was originally achieved by the Apache
 Directory team in September 2006. Apache Directory Server was the first
 Open Source LDAP server to become certified and join a group of commercial
 directory solutions that had already achieved certification.
     Reliable, Interoperable Solutions
     Defined by The Open Group's Directory Interoperability Forum, LDAP
 Certification signifies guaranteed conformance of directory servers to
 LDAP, the application protocol that runs over TCP/IP for and provides
 access to directory services. ApacheDS 1.0 was first certified in September
 2006 as fully conformant to the specifications defined in the Product
 Standard. The Open Group today has approved the extension of the
 certification for ApacheDS 1.0 for an additional one year term.
     "As ApacheDS is designed to be embedded into or integrated with other
 solutions, interoperability is key," explained Stefan Zoerner, Apache
 Directory Project Management Committee member and certification lead. "We
 are pleased to collaborate with The Open Group to guarantee our server's
 interoperability with LDAP clients." ApacheDS is a 100% pure Java solution
 designed to run both as a standalone directory server or embedded within
 arbitrary Java components; for operation, only a Java virtual machine is
 needed. This flexibility leads to a rich set of possible operating
 environments for ApacheDS, with native installers available for Linux,
 MacOS, Solaris and Windows. The Open Group product standard ensures that
 ApacheDS works together with any standards-compliant client such as mail
 programs, application/Web servers, etc. Through its certification, ApacheDS
 is guaranteed to remain conformant throughout fixes, functional
 enhancements, and performance improvements.
     Growing from Strength to Strength
     This demonstration of standard compliance was made possible by a
 generous donation from The Open Group by providing The Apache Software
 Foundation the compliance test suite and the ability to discuss technical
 questions with their experts.
     "The Open Group welcomes Apache's continued commitment to the LDAP
 Certified program. Standards enable interoperability and product choice -
 but only when there is genuine conformance," said Dr. Chris Harding, Forum
 Director for SOA and Semantic Interoperability, The Open Group.
 "Certification of the Apache Directory Server gives its users the assurance
 they are looking for that it really conforms to the IETF LDAP RFCs."
     Conformity to the standard also requires future releases of ApacheDS to
 pass the extensive compliance tests. The Apache Directory Project
 anticipates continued close collaboration with The Open Group, and aims to
 gain certification for their current development stream, ApacheDS 1.5, in
 advance of its first stable release.
     To download ApacheDS 1.0, preview ApacheDS 1.5, subscribe to mailing
 lists, and provide feedback, comments, or contributions, please see
     About The Apache Directory Project
     The Apache Directory Project provides enterprise-grade Java- and
 Eclipse-based Open Source directory solutions under the auspices of The
 Apache Software Foundation. The Project's standards-based architecture
 enables a range of services to be implemented and snapped in using a common
 networking layer that can be easily customized to the needs of the
 environment. For more information, visit
     About The Open Group
     The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium,
 which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow(TM) that will
 enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises
 based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works
 with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is
 to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements,
 establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate
 interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate
 specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set
 of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to
 operate the industry's premier certification service. Further information
 on The Open Group can be found at
     About the Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
     Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation provides
 organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of Open
 Source software projects, including Apache HTTP Server - the world's most
 popular Web server software for more than a decade. The Foundation provides
 an established framework for intellectual property and financial
 contributions that simultaneously limits contributors' potential legal
 exposure. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process,
 Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software
 products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache
 License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy
 Apache products. For more information, please see

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