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Is there a free OpenLDAP™? It’s a strange question, but one that’s still being asked as IT admins search for cost-effective identity management tools. We already know that OpenLDAP is free. It’s an open source solution after all, so why does talking about a free OpenLDAP offering even matter?

Is OpenLDAP Free?

Well, the truth is that, when it comes down to brass tacks, OpenLDAP is actually not free to implement. Downloading and installing the software may be without cost, but when it comes to actually leveraging the solution, OpenLDAP is far from free.

Not-so Free OpenLDAP

First and foremost, OpenLDAP requires a dedicated server to function, whether on-prem or cloud-hosted. On-prem server stacks can get incredibly pricey and also need physical space in the office to operate. Cloud-hosted servers obviously don’t require any office space and can be more economical than purchasing physical servers, but are usually priced on a per-hour usage basis, so opting for them certainly adds up over time.

There are also hosting and security solutions, load balancing systems, VPNs, and many other technical tools required to properly implement OpenLDAP. And, perhaps most importantly, since OpenLDAP implementation is notoriously difficult, there are significant personnel costs to integrate, manage, and maintain OpenLDAP.

Free Hosted OpenLDAP: LDAP-as-a-Service

So, while OpenLDAP is considered free because of its open source heritage, it is easy to understand that it is hardly free to implement and use. Cost-conscious IT organizations looking to control their identity management are forced to find a more affordable solution that still provides the same efficacy as OpenLDAP. On top of that, the prospect of cloud hosted LDAP is pointing admins in these organizations towards “as-a-Service”-delivered versions of the authentication protocol.

There is an OpenLDAP alternative that is completely free for under 10 users for those that want to run OpenLDAP from the cloud. Using a global network of OpenLDAP servers hosted in the cloud, this LDAP-as-a-Service offloads all of the work required to actually implement OpenLDAP, while removing the need for on-prem servers and space.

Try LDAP-as-a-Service Free

LDAP-as-a-Service is a part of the JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® product. JumpCloud is a cloud directory service that has reimagined LDAP for the modern era.

IT admins using JumpCloud can manage all of their user base’s IT resource access from a centralized web console, regardless of those resources’ platforms, protocols, providers, or locations. What’s more, the end user can access all of these resources (systems, email, applications, networks, and more) using a single set of credentials. We like to call it True Single Sign-On™.

Directory-as-a-Service is available for free for your organization’s first ten users. Simply sign up for JumpCloud to start taking advantage of free OpenLDAP and more today. If you are interested in solely leveraging LDAP, you can pay for it a la carte at a discounted rate. Please contact us to learn more.

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