Writes Needed Trend- Let's talk about the write requirement trend a little more.- Directories were originally for email lookups and graduated to doing single sign-on for the enterprise and extranets.- Even the SSO requirement has driven more writes in the form of last login and other similar data that is frequently subject to change- What we're seeing now goes far beyond this.- We have multiple customers that need to keep up with the activation flow for new iPhones on launch day.- We see a significant increase in the customers adding additional user self-service, broader sets of attributes to support relationships, and even a desire to support location-based attributes- All of this exponentially increases the write performance requirements of a directory, even if you're not the world's biggest telecommunications company. Unification- I read a great column by Dave Kearns of Network World last year in which he relayed a conversation he had with Vikas Mahajan of AARP lamenting the continued complexity of managing the various aspects of directory -- a technology that should be fairly far along on the maturity curve.- Most directory services, when fully deployed, need more than the core server. You may be looking at proxies, virtualization, synchronization, management tools, operations, and so forth...- Deploying all of this together involves learning several technologies and ensuring that they're certified together and operating together on an ongoing basis -- all of this before you even point your first application at it.- Customers aren't coming to us these days with large numbers of bugs -- they're coming to us and telling us that things are getting too complicated.
Oracle is uniquely positioned to be the premier vendor when it comes to directory services. As a result of Oracle and Sun combining forces we are uniquely positoned as not only the strongest and most complete identity management vendors but as the Only Vendor who can offer a directory server, directory integration platform and virtual directory in one license. This is critical to companies that want to world class performance, a complete tool set and want to reduce cost by managing one vendor rather than sourcing and negotiating with different providers. Let’s take a look at why this complete toolset is critical in today’s business environement.