I started working with Directory Servers back in 1997 when Netscape was but a fledging company. Over the past 15 years a lot has changed. Companies have come and gone and code has changed hands more times than I care to remember. But one thing remains the same – that little effort started by Tim Howes, Mark Smith, and Gordon Good at the University of Michigan is as important today as it was almost two decades ago.
I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look back at the various companies that have carried the LDAP mantle for stand-alone directory servers and see where we are today. As such, I have created a table of pertinent events (see below) as well as a graphical timeline (see thumbnail).
I offer you the industry’s most most complete history of directory services that you will ever find – well, at least until the next one comes along.
Directory Services Timeline
The Most Complete History of Directory Services You Will Ever Find
(Until the next one comes along)
First Arpanet node comes online; first RFC published.