Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Microsoft's Virtual Directory Takes Hold??

I just read an article titled "Virtual Directories Take Hold" that was published in the April 16, 2007 issue of Network Computing. Interesting to note that the author states it is "not surprising that Microsoft and Novell provide virtual directories".

I'd like to find Microsoft's. As far as I know it is still - at best - a virtual idea...

p.s. I'm still not a big believer of these things.

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Phil Hunt said...

Hmmm... I dunno, proxies are used all the time. Virtual directory performance numbers often enhance the raw performance of a single directory because virtual directory proxies can do cool load-balancing and fault-tolerance enhancing things.

The key feature is that Virtualized directories present views of data optimized for particular applications where either the data or the application cannot be easily re-organized AND where it doesn't make sense to build yet another copy.

Virtual directory is not for all situations. Provisioning is a key part of a balanced approach. I wish one tool solved all problems, but then all problems are not the same. :)

I'm guessing Network World was referring to Oracle and not Microsoft.

dimikagi said...

Its interesting that one of Quest's own products (ActiveRoles Server) can be considered a virtual directory and slowly heading deeper into that territory. Merging multiple AD domains/forests, ADAM instances, as well as virtual attributes into a single interface . . . sounds like a virtual directory to me.