New! Intuitive wizard-driven workflow: VDS 6 speeds deployments for most common use cases with powerfully simple step-through wizards. Administrators can:
- Create a global list of users from across multiple heterogeneous data sources with the Virtual Identity Wizard.
- Define groups dynamically with the Groups Builder Wizard.
- Re-use existing groups in the VDS namespace with the Groups Migration Wizard.
- Easily extend existing hierarchies with data from other sources with Merge Tree Wizard.
What used to take months of heavy customization and synchronization now takes minutes—and tasks like adding new identity sources or building dynamic groups are as easy as point-click-done.
New! Enhanced VDS Control Panel: The advanced VDS 6 Control Panel provides web-based remote access to VDS information and tools—even mobile devices such as iPods and iPads. No matter where they’re located, administrators get complete, secure access from wherever they’re at to all tools, reports, and the entire selection of identity wizards.
New! Periodic Persistent Cache refresh: For small volumes of data that changes infrequently, you now have the option to schedule a refresh of the persistent cache. This is configured as a time-based refresh interval and can be customized to match the frequency of which your data changes.
New! Migration Utilility: Now it’s easy to import and export VDS configuration files through different test environments in a simple, one-click process. The migration utility packages up your VDS files with an easy-to-use export option, then allows you to import the configuration into another environment.
Persistent cache with automatic refresh: RadiantOne offers a built-in persistent cache mechanism that offers the speed of the fastest standard LDAP directory and is kept up-to-date in near real-time with a granular refresh strategy. Event-driven cache refresh technology means low latency and real-time cache updates. Connectors monitor changes at the sources level and send incremental updates to the cache image as needed. This lowers load on backend sources, and enables faster access rates at the VDS level. With a persistent cache, your infrastructure is not constrained by volume or the number of data sources. You can offer guaranteed performance and a service that is always available.
SQL interface to VDS: Applications that currently consume identity information via a SQL interface can benefit from the JDBC driver for VDS. This allows the views of identity data to be consumed by a wider variety of applications beyond those that are LDAP-enabled. In addition, SQL access allows applications to leverage aggregated functions like SUM, COUNT, and ORDER BY, along with various reporting tool, that are not supported natively by LDAP directories.
Logging, audit, & compliance: VDS features built-in access and audit report generation. In addition, the detailed logging capabilities of VDS can be written directly to any standard database, enabling rich reports and graphics for access, compliance, and auditing purposes.
Built-in failover: VDS automatically detects failures in backend sources and will re-route operations to alternate specified servers. Any change in status of connected resources is logged and service alerts are emailed to alert administrators.
Monitoring and alerts: The built-in monitoring console enables users to graphically track the number of connections and memory usage of VDS, as well as the status of connected backend sources. Alerts can be used to notify an administrator when configured thresholds are reached.
Memory cache: VDS can cache information for scenarios that require greater performance than that of the underlying sources alone. Memory Cache can be configured within the VDS by entry or query, depending on the complexity of the view designed and the performance enhancement needs of the individual data source.
Replication and load-balancing: VDS offers built-in replication capabilities to support multiple instances for fail-over, fault-tolerance, and increased availability in distributed systems. Load balancing can be achieved with the RadiantOne Access Router (included with VDS) or with an LDAP-aware hardware load balancer.
Enhanced security benefits: RadiantOne uses multiple layers of security so your data stays safe. At the data level, objects and attributes that are not required can be omitted from the LDAP object view design; such data never reaches the virtual directory itself. At the directory level, access controls determine what information users are able to see. At the network level, VDS supports SSL/TLS for secure transport of data.
Interception scripts: An interception script, similar to a database trigger, is a procedural code executed in response to requests received by VDS. These customized scripts can be invoked “before” (pre-processing) or “after” (post-processing) and can be based the operation such as Bind, Search, Add, Search Result, Modify, Compare, Delete, and statements or custom operations.