Hewlett-Packard is expanding its certification and services for OpenLDAP through an expansion of its existing agreement with Symas. Symas is a major contributor to OpenLDAP, the open-source project based on the lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP). The deal is a way for HP to offer customers an open-source software alternative for identity management and directory services.
Under the terms of the deal, HP will resell and support Connexitor Directory Services (CDS), the Symas distribution of OpenLDAP, according to director of worldwide Linux and open source at HP, Jeffrey Wade. The software will be available across HP's entire range of servers. The new agreement expands on a relationship HP announced with Symas at LinuxWorld in San Francisco in August, he said.
Some customers tend to be nervous about doing business with open-source players because of their small company size. HP providing support for a startup's software gives users an added layer of reassurance about adopting open-source software, Wade said. "We offer a single point of accountability," he added.
HP has also followed through on its August commitment to incorporate OpenLDAP into its Linux Reference Architectures (LRAs), stacks of integrated software and hardware, according to Wade. "This is the latest addition to the stack," he said. The LRAs already contain several other open-source pieces including MySQL's database and JBoss middleware.
It's possible that HP may resell other Symas software such as its naming services or its Kerberos services or its directory-based management server for Windows domain controllers and workstations, according to Wade. More news on the relationship between the two companies should emerge in "the next quarter or two," he said.
Wade wouldn't comment on whether purchasing Symas might make sense for HP. In the commercial software world, HP recently bought identity management specialist Trustgenix to beef up its identity management offerings within its OpenView systems management software suite. "The OpenView environment supports OpenLDAP and CDS," he said.