FREMONT, Calif. -- 3PAR, the leading global provider of utility storage, announced today native support for lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP). Support for LDAP enables centralized user authentication and authorization using a standard protocol for managing access to IT resources. With 3PARs support for LDAP, customers are able to now integrate 3PAR Utility Storage--a simple, cost-efficient, and massively scalable storage platform--with standard, open enterprise directory services. The result is simplified security administration with centralized access control and identity management.
3PAR Utility Storage already provides us with a reliable, shared, and easy-to-use consolidated storage platform, said Burzin Engineer, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at Shopzilla. "Now, with 3PAR support for LDAP, managing security commonly--across all our resources, including storage--is also simple and efficient.
Problem: Decentralized Storage Security with Traditional Storage
In todays security-sensitive IT environments, user authentication and authorization are tightly scrutinized processes, where complexity can lead to security vulnerability. Without standards such as LDAP, managing authentication and authorization in an environment with a myriad of devices and multiple users is cumbersome and risk-prone. Despite this, storage device user authentication (proof of identity typically through user names and passwords) and user authentication (verification that users have permission to perform certain operations) have traditionally been managed on a device-by-device basis. This approach is not only complex to administer, but any failure to diligently maintain device-based security policies can compromise integrity of data and data service levels.
3PARs Solution: Centralized IT Security Based on 3PAR Utility Storage with LDAP Support