The Directory Server supports the Java Database Connectivity (JDBCTM) API, which allows access to SQL datastores by means of its JDBC drivers. The JDBC 4.0 API, part of the Java SDK, provides a seamless method to interface with various database types in heterogeneous environments.
By easily connecting to a database, the Directory Server can be configured to implement a centralized logging system with different databases. Centralized logging simplifies log correlation and analysis tasks and provides security by storing data in a single repository. Some disadvantages of centralized logging are that data flow asymmetries may complicate synchronization or network provisioning and may unduly burden the central repository with possibly heavy loads.