-- VA Linux's New Easy-To-Manage LDAP Directory Solution Features
Robustness, High-Availability and Extensibility --
Tokyo, JAPAN - November 24, 2004 --
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux), a leading provider of Linux
solutions for the telecommunications and enterprise system markets,
today announced it will release 'VA Directory', a new LDAP directory
service server software for large-scale enterprise systems. Advance
sales of the VA Directory solution will begin immediately, while
delivery and full customer support for the system will be available
from January, 2005.
VA Directory consists of 'UltraPossum', an open source directory
solution now cooperatively developed by the OpenLDAP Project and VA
Linux, and 'VA Core', a GNU/Linux system foundation developed by VA
Linux (based on Debian GNU/Linux). These two main components are
highly integrated, and it will assure customers of robustness,
high-availability and extensibility while being easy to manage. VA
Linux's full and detailed customer support will ensure to materialize
practical LDAP directory solution.
"VA Linux has been committed to the LDAP technology and its open
source implementations such as OpenLDAP or UltraPossum for a long
time" said Tetsuya Ueda, President and CEO of VA Linux in Tokyo. "VA
Directory is the first fruit of our hard labor. We will keep improving
it to meet high demands of enterprise or career use, increasing
services or applications based on VA Directory, and vigorously pushing
the adaptation of VA Directory in the targeted market."
VA Directory's key features are:
- Secure Transaction
Implemented security measures such as LDAPv3 startTLS extension or
LDAP over SSL (*1).
- A Variety of Replication Methods
Supports the search load balancing by replication and synchronized
replication, ensures robust replication of the master server.
- Failover support
Supports failover by the Active-Standby method for master server
assures the safety of your precious data.
- Generation of and Recovery from DB backup files
Generation of / recovery from backup files are possible on
servers on which VA Directory runs.
- Monitoring of the LDAP server status
Provides LDAP server status monitoring via SNMP or full statistic
reports, useful for administrators.
- Extensible system design
Adopted plugin architecture - core components are all plugins, thus
very easy to add needed functions.
- Flexible configuration / management framework
Standardized configuration / management framework brings customized
easy management, and various management utilities will be available
The minimum configuration of VA Directory is composed of a master
server and a slave, and the price will start at 880k Japanese Yen. In
this case, the annual maintenance support fee is 17.6k Japanese
Yen. VA Linux's consulting services such as schema design, directory
tree design and performance tuning are also available. VA Linux will
aggressively promote VA Directory to telecommunication carriers, data
center providers, ISPs, ASPs. Also, VA Linux seeks partners engaged in
deploying solutions based on VA Directory.
* VA Directory product page: http://www.valinux.co.jp/en/products/directory/
* VA Core product page: http://www.valinux.co.jp/en/products/core/
* UltraPossum Project: http://ultrapossum.org/
*1: This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project
for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit(http://www.openssl.org/).
UltraPossum and VA Directory are trademarks of VA Linux.
OpenLDAP is a registered trademark OpenLDAP Foundation.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.
OpenLDAP is open source software, managed and developed by the
OpenLDAP Foundation (http://www.openldap.org/), which provides LDAP
Directory Services. LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is a
directory service protocol developed based on X.500 directory
services. The core specification is defined in RFC2251, "The
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3)". OpenLDAP conforms to
LDAP v3, alongside Microsoft's Active Directory and Novell's
VA Linux has been active in internationalization and debugging of
OpenLDAP from the early stages, and actively participates in the
OpenLDAP Developers Conference. VA Linux has shown a continuing
commitment to the development of OpenLDAP, including providing the
server system for the OpenLDAP Foundation's web site.
UltraPossum is a directory solution oriented towards large-scale
systems. It incorporates the OpenLDAP standard open source directory
server implementation, and integrated Heartbeat and mon status
monitoring software. By combining this software with the LDAP server
functionality provided by OpenLDAP and maintenance and configuration
components, a multi-function directory solution framework can be
provided. Also, UltraPossum also supports "syncbackup" released by VA
Linux in December 2003, which implements the OpenLDAP synchronizing
replication necessary for high-availability and stability in
large-scale systems. Further, UltraPossum's flexible plug-in
architecture allows easy implementation of LDAPv3 startTLS extensions
and LDAP over SSL security functionality (*1).
UltraPossum supports Linux and all major UNIX-like OSes. For detailed
information, please refer to the UltraPossum web site:
About VA Core
VA Core is an OS based on Debian GNU/Linux with packages, kernel
extensions, security updates and an improved installer maintained by
VA Linux. It includes the management and configuration framework used
in all of the VA Linux Debian-framework-based products.
About VA Linux System Japan K.K.
Founded in September 2000, VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux),
which has based its operations on the development of Linux and
Open Source, has become one of the premier providers of Linux
kernel, technological, and software solutions in the Japanese
domestic market. From March 2004 onward, VA Linux has been the
recipient of funding from NTT Comware and NTT Data. VA Linux is
currently at the forefront of implementing Linux solutions for
telecommunication and enterprise system markets.
SOURCE: VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
E-mail: mktg at valinux.co.jp