A History of LDAP [1]#

LDAP was co-developed by Tim Howes of the University of Michigan, Steve Kille of Isode Limited, and Wengyik Yeong of Performance Systems International, in 1993.

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Date EventSource
1969First Arpanet node comes online; first RFC published.
1973Ethernet invented by Xerox PARC researchers.
1982TCP/IP replaces older Arpanet protocols on the Internet.
1982First distributed computing research paper on Grapevine published by Xerox PARC researchers.
1984Internet DNS comes online.
1986IETF formally chartered.
1989Quipu (X.500 software package) released.
1990Estimated number of Internet hosts exceeds 250,000.
1990First version of the X.500 standard published.
1991A team at CERN headed by Tim Berners-Lee releases the first World Wide Web software.
1992University of Michigan developers release the first LDAP software.
1993NDS debuts in NetWare 4.0.
1993-07LDAP was co-developed by Tim Howes of the University of Michigan, Steve Kille of Isode Limited, and Wengyik Yeong of Performance Systems International, in 1993.
1995-12First standalone LDAP server (SLAPD) ships as part of U-M LDAP 3.2 release.
1996-04Consortium of more than 40 leading software vendors endorses LDAP as the Internet directory service protocol of choice.
1996Netscape Hires Tim Howes, Mark Smith, and Gordon Good from University of Michigan. Tim Howes serves as a directory server architect.
1997-09Sun Microsystems releases Sun Directory Services 1.0, derived from U-M LDAP 3.2
1997-11LDAPv3 named the winner of the PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence.
1997-11LDAPv3 approved as a proposed Internet Standard.
1998The OpenLDAP Project was started by Kurt Zeilenga. The project started by cloning the LDAP reference source from the University Of Michigan.
1998-01Netscape ships the first commercial LDAPv3 directory server.
1998-03Innosoft International acquires Mark Wahl’s Critical Angle company releases LDAP directory server product 4.1 one month later.
1998-07Sun Microsystems ships Sun Directory Server 3.1, implementing LDAPv3 standards
1998-07Estimated number of Internet hosts exceeds 36 million.
1999Novell INC release EDirectory on platforms other than NetWare.
1999AOL acquires Netscape and forms the iPlanet Alliance with Sun Microsystems.
1999-03Innosoft International team, led by Mark Wahl, releases Innosoft International Distributed Directory Server 5.0
1999Microsoft Active Directory was previewed.
2000-03Sun Microsystems acquires Innosoft International, merges Innosoft International directory code with iPlanet. This forms the foundation for the iPlanet Directory Access Router.
2000Windows 2000, first release of Microsoft Active Directory, was released to manufacturing on December 15, 1999. Windows 2000 officially launched to retail on February 17, 2000.[3]
2001-03The iPlanet Alliance ends and Sun Microsystems and Netscape fork the codebase.
2004-03Apache Directory Server Top Level Project is formed after 1 year in incubation
2004-03RedHat Purchases Netscape Server products
2005Sun Microsystems initiates the OpenDS project. An open source directory server based on the Java platform.
2005-05RedHat Releases Fedora Directory Server
2006-10Apache Directory Project Apache Directory 1.0 is released
2007UnboundID releases its directory server
2008AOL Stops Supporting Netscape Products
2009-04Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems
2009-05RedHat changes the Fedora Directory Server to 389 Directory Server
2010-02-01ForgeRock is founded
2010-12ForgeRock releases OpenDJ
2011-12Oracle releases Oracle Unified Directory
2011Novell INC acquisition was completed by Attachmate Group and EDirectory is now under the NetIQ brand.
2014-11-20Micro Focus completed its merger with the Attachmate Group of companies and EDirectory is now under the Micro Focus brand.
2016-09-07Micro Focus announced its intent to merge with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software business segment.

More Information#

There might be more information for this subject on one of the following:
[#1] - http://idmdude.com/2012/04/13/the-most-complete-history-of-directory-services-you-will-ever-find/

[#3] - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/1999/dec99/w2krtmpr.aspx retrieved 2012-06-21

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