The benefits to end users of directory services may get blindsided by the cost of tools needed to manage and integrate those services, according to a new study.
A report to be released by research firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) finds that directories could spawn nearly $US10 billion in corporate spending on management tools in the next two years.
EMA says $3 billion of that $10 billion will be spent on directory management tools for monitoring the directory, including the infrastructure and data security, and on software for integrating corporate directories.
In addition, another $7 billion will be spent on directory-enabled products for management of network services such as IP addresses, policies, network configuration and VPNs.
Fuelling demand for these products is the record number of companies that will deploy directories during the next 12 months.