Directory Synchronisation

By: Isode  09-12-2011
Keywords: Data Synchronization, Data Transformation, scripting languages,

Isode's Sodium Sync enables synchronization between directory servers and other data sources such as files and databases. Originally designed as a directory synchronization tool working to and from Isode's M-Vault, Microsoft's Active Directory and other LDAP or X.500 directory servers. It has evolved into a comprehensive data synchronization tool with extensive data transformation, correlation and merging capabilities.

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Syncs are configured and scheduled using a Wizard interface which offers immediate access to three common directory to directory sync profiles, four common LDIF transformations as well as access to an Advanced Wizard view giving fine-grain control of the synchronization process.

Sodium Sync incorporates extensive functionality addressing the complexities of data transformation & mapping, merging & correlation encountered when synchronizing data from multiple sources and in certain scenarios.

Simple syncs occur as independent events but more complex scenarios exist where it makes sense for syncs to have relationships to each other and to external events. Sodium Sync allows for the grouping of syncs and external events into a Directory Synchronization Workflow.

Data Format Support

Sodium Sync's primary goal is to synchronize directories supporting LDAP or X.500 DAP access. It also provides support for data import and export using CSV (Comma Separated Value) format files and SQL Databases.

Access, Authentication and Connection Security

Sodium Sync shares directory access with Isode Sodium directory management GUI, and details of server access and connection management are shared with Sodium. Sodium offers two primary protocol access mechanisms (X.500 DAP and LDAP) with a number of security options.

Sodium Sync provides a number of related solutions for situations where where normal directory replication protocols cannot be used due to issues of constrained bandwidth, transferring data across secure boundaries, at firewalls with 'air gap' requirements and across data diodes.

Extensibility

Commonly used Sodium Sync features are available for GUI configuration. Custom features can be configured using XML templates, with further extensibility by use of embedded scripting languages including Javascript.

Performance and Scaling

On a small system, with fast directory servers, typical performance for Sodium Sync is around 40 entries per second (2,000 entries per minute). This makes it practical to synchronize a few thousand entries with updates at short intervals, and up to a few hundred thousand entries on a daily schedule.

Keywords: Access Mechanisms, Data Import And Export, Data Synchronization, Data Transformation, Embedded Scripting, scripting languages, Synchronization Tool, Wizard Interface,

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