Jackson Shaw window shops the Red Hat Directory Server and doesn’t like what he sees:
Would I pay for an LDAP directory server today? No, I wouldn’t. I’d either go with OpenLDAP, ADAM or deploy an actual Active Directory domain controller (not free, but at ~$800 or less for unlimited users…) because I’ve talked to customers that have deployed >million user directories with each of those choices, they have vibrant user communities, are supported (vendor or community) and are technically sufficient for almost every purpose. I think if I was a small business with 500-2000 users I’d be looking at using a free solution, too – $10/user is just too much for a piece of history.
I agree with Jackson, but I can see one segment that would pay for this. If you had a Linux only infrastructure but wanted to have a vendor supported LDAP server then I suppose you would be willing to pay for it. But I really can’t see this as a robust market to build and maintain a product for.
I remember talking to an IT group that maintained a ~200K entry commercial LDAP server back ending a customer portal. They were going through a painful and time consuming data scrubbing exercise because they only had a 200K license and had been told they couldn’t buy more. I suggested moving to OpenLDAP or ADAM but they wouldn’t even consider it. Go figure.