LDAP: Functional, But Never Ready For Prime Time


LDAPThe LDAP tidal wave forced vendors to adopt the standard whether they wanted to or not, galvanizing product development efforts.

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol quickly gained that power because the directory market is small and immature. No single vendor or technology had grabbed the market share and the momentum to drive the market when LDAP came along, so the standard took center stage.

In the messaging market, things are different. Yes, we have Internet standards that have a…

Making The Most Of Network Bandwidth


nbwThe switch to gigabit ethernet and other high-speed technologies will eventually increase the bandwidth available to users, but in the meantime, network managers should look for ways to get the most out of the bandwidth they have, says Ernie Halpern, of W3 Tech, which offers an HTML crash course.

One weapon in the campaign for network efficiency is IP multicasting, now moving from experiments on the Internet’s Mbone (Multicast backbone) toward commercial implementation. IP multicasting can reduce bandwidth demands when groups of users need the same data at the same time, so it’s ideal for such uses as pushing financial data, videoconferencing,…