The Sun OpenDS Standard Edition proxy is an LDAPv3 compliant server that does not store data but routes LDAP requests from clients to the directory servers that are spread across an enterprise.
The proxy is the entry point to a directory service deployment spread over multiple directory servers and/or multiple data centers. All client requests are routed by the proxy to the appropriate remote LDAP server. The Sun OpenDS Standard Edition proxy component can be used with any LDAP v3–compliant directory server, such as the Sun OpenDS Standard Edition directory server or Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0.
In order to route data requests to the remote LDAP servers, the proxy component can be configured to use either load balancing or data distribution, or both.
You can deploy the Sun OpenDS Standard Edition proxy in very simple configurations, or in more complex, replicated scenarios, using vdp-setup. Some simple deployments are detailed in Chapter 6, Example Deployments Using the Proxy Server.
Note - The proxy component cannot be used directly as a datastore.
As the interface between the client and the remote LDAP server, the proxy provides a number of security features, to ensure secure connection if and when required. For more information about security, see Configuring Security Between the Proxy and the Data Source in Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.2 Administration Guide.
For an in-depth presentation of the elements that constitute the Sun OpenDS Standard Edition proxy , see Chapter 4, Building Blocks of the Proxy Server.