IBM® Security Directory Server provides a platform for your enterprise security initiatives. This enterprise identity management software uses the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). IBM Security Directory Server provides a trusted identity data infrastructure for authentication.

IBM Security Directory Server provides:

  • Industry-standard architecture and broad platform support for a range of operating systems and applications and a variety of heterogeneous environments.
  • Strong scalability and flexibility – to support hundreds of millions of entries using IBM DB2® technology and a built-in proxy-server.
  • Availability – to support an identity data infrastructure for global online applications such as consumer-driven web services.
  • The ability to help you mange identities in the cloud.
  • Robust auditing and reporting – that provides insight with connectivity to IBM QRadar® SIEM and greater visibility into repository with sample reports.

Industry-standard architecture and broad platform support 

  • Uses LDAP identity infrastructure software and meets LDAP industry compliance standards.
  • Fits existing environments and offers the flexibility to add new directory-enabled IBM or non-IBM applications in the future.
  • Supports leading platforms including IBM AIX®, IBM i5/OS®, IBM z/OS®, Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows Server, HP-UX and SUSE and Red Hat Linux distributions.
  • Has been evaluated under the Common Criteria at Evaluated Assurance Level 4, augmented by ALC_FLR.1 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition, AIX, Sun Solaris 10 (SPARC), HP-UX 11i (Itanium), Red Hat Advanced Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1.
  • Supports social interaction and creates a hierarchical structure of an enterprise, enabling people search and interaction.

Strong scalability and flexibility 

  • Offers a built-in proxy server that provides extensive scalability for entries and groups.
  • Includes support for IBM Security Directory Integrator functionality that enables IBM Security Directory Server to be used as an enterprise directory in a heterogeneous environment.
  • Serves as the default directory infrastructure for IBM WebSphere® Application Server, IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM Security Identity Manager, IBM Security Access Manager and the AIX operating system.
  • Supports bind using a configurable attribute such as email or employee identification rather than DN syntax.
  • Uses IBM DB2® technology as its back-end store.


  • Maintains availability with master/subordinate and peer-to-peer replication capabilities.
  • Supports scheduled online or offline backup and restore.
  • Supports virtual list views so you can scroll forward or backward through entries in a large sorted data set. You can also record deleted entries.
  • Enhances proxy server capabilities with flow control for managing requests and paging search results for single and multiple partitions. Provides a smart fail-back mechanism to restore servers safely.
  • Offers strong replication features. Can configure multiple master copies to provide highly-available implementations for global enterprise, nonstop application support.

The ability to help you manage identities in the cloud

  • Helps user and group management in the cloud by supporting System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM).
  • Supports the necessary create, read, update and delete (CRUD) operations through a Representational State Transfer application program interface (API).

Robust auditing and reporting

  • Integrates with IBM Security Directory Server logs and IBM. QRadar SIEM for advanced auditing and intelligence.
  • Provides insight and visibility into developing threats and compliance requirements.
  • Provides sample reporting on objects, groups and users.