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LDAP and SiteMinder

Hello Experts, can somebody throw light on what are the differences between LDAP and Siteminder and where I can find documentation to start with Siteminder.

Thanks in Advance!
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dheerajbhatCommented:
Both are completely different.
LDAP is a form of database which has been read optimized.It has been designed to store information like a directory.For example,in an organizion, a LDAP can be used to store information about the employees,contractors, their contact information, locations of resources like printers , conference rooms etc.If You look closely all these informations are updated very infrequently,but read almost every day.

Where as Siteminder is an independent product used to manage access to various applications in a corporation.For example an organization might have a payroll application to which the employees login to check their salary. Access to this application can be controlled using Siteminder. Actually siteminder can be used to provide Authentication and access control facilities for all Web applications hosted in an organization. Siteminder is a product which is currently owned by CA(Computer Associates). You can go to their website to find more details of the same.

Siteminder typically uses a LDAP to store all the information it needs(Like application details, user list etc).
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jasbaniAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply dheerajbhat
Is there any comparison & differences between TAM & Siteminder? Can we compare them?
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dheerajbhatCommented:
Yes... You can compare the two of them. Both attempt to solve the same problem... That is "how do You manage access control for various resources that You have in the organization"
 Tivoli Access Manager is from IBM's stable, where as Siteminder is from CA(And it is the market leader)

Overall You will see the same access management concepts(Like authentication,role based access control, password management etc) in both the products.But there will be difference in how those concepts are implemented.
 As far as i remember, siteminder doesnt support role based access control.You will need Identity Minder(another product from CA) if You want role based access control.However I am not sure if this is addressed in the latest release of siteminder(Now called CA Siteminder Web Access manager)
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dheerajbhatCommented:
To avoid any confusion....If You want to achieve Role based access control You will need CA identity minder in addition to CA Siteminder.
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jasbaniAuthor Commented:
Dheeraj, Can you guide me if I want to start learning siteminder, which course should I start from and what is currently there in demand. Thanks
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dheerajbhatCommented:
CA has trainings for partners(Anybody who buys,or resells their  products) . I am not sure if they have it available for general public(NIIT conducts training in India). May be You can check the CA/NIIT site.

There is a fair demand for administrators/developers in the Identity and access management space.You can search in jobsites to check the actual demand..
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jasbaniAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dheeraj.
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jasbaniAuthor Commented:
I would request to close this question. Thanks
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