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Oracle Introduces Database Directory Services

Citing the growing need for scalability and betterinformation system security, Oracle yesterday unveiled itsOracle Internet Directory, a set of directory services builtupon the Oracle8i relational database. Oracle will provideversions of Internet Directory for corporate and Internetservice provider customers.

Directory systems provide a range of services: Withincorporate environments, they store employee look-up data andhuman resource records, for example, while ISPs and telecomproviders use them for storing subscriber information andlisting Web site addresses. But when directories are poorlymaintained and scattered throughout a corporation, they canbecome a security risk. Former employees may still haveaccess to corporate information systems, for example.

Oracle Internet Directory can hold more than 500 millionentries, according to Oracle, and support tens of thousandsof simultaneous users. The system will comply with the LDAP(Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) standard fordirectory interoperability. Both the Enterprise (corporate)and Hosting (ISP) editions of the directory are expected toship on March 1, the same day Oracle is expected to shipOracle8i. Although prices have not been set, the EnterpriseEdition will likely be priced according to the number ofusers or attached devices, while the Hosting Edition will bepriced according to the number of subscribers with access tothe directory.

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