Full LDAP version 3 implementation
The PingDirectory server fully supports LDAP v3, which supports the Request For Comments (RFCs) specified in the protocol. It provides a feature-rich solution that supports the core LDAP v3 protocol in addition to server-specific controls and extended operations.
High availability
The PingDirectory server supports N-way multi-primary replication that eliminates single points of failure and ensures high availability for a networked topology. It allows you to store data across multiple machines and disk partitions for fast replication. It also supports replication in entry-balancing proxy server deployments.
Administration tools
The PingDirectory server provides a full set of command-line tools, an administrative console, and a Java-based setup tool to configure, monitor, and manage any part of the server.

The server has a task-based subsystem that provides automated scheduling of basic functions, such as:

  • Backups
  • Restores
  • Imports
  • Exports
  • Restarts
  • Shutdowns

The set of utilities includes a troubleshooting support tool that aggregates system metrics into a .zip file, which administrators can send to your authorized support provider for analysis.

Self-service account manager application
The Self Service Account Manager project, hosted at https://github.com/pingidentity/ssam, is a customizable web application allowing users to perform their own account registration, profile updates, and password changes. The project is for testing and development purposes only and is not a supported application.
Delegated admin application
A Javascript-based web application can be installed for business users to manage identities stored in the PingDirectory server. The application provides delegated administration of identities for:
  • Help desk or customer service representatives initiating a password reset and unlock
  • An employee in HR updating an address stored within another employee profile
  • An application administrator updating identity attributes or group membership to allow application single sign-on (SSO) access.
Security mechanisms
The PingDirectory server provides extensive security mechanisms to protect data and prevent unauthorized access. Access control list (ACL) instructions are available down to the attribute value level and can be stored within each entry.

The server allows connections over SSL through an encrypted communication tunnel. Clients can also use the StartTLS extended operation over standard, non-encrypted ports. Other security features include:

  • A privilege subsystem for fine-grained granting of rights
  • A password policy subsystem that allows configurable password validators and storage schemes
  • SASL authentication mechanisms to secure data integrity, such as:
    • PLAIN
    • CRAM-MD5
    • Digest-MD
    • GSSAPI

The PingDirectory server supports various providers and mappers for certificate-based authentication in addition to the ability to encrypt specific entries or sensitive attributes. For more information, see the PingDirectory Security Guide.

Monitoring and notifications
The PingDirectory server supports monitoring entries using:
  • PingDataMetrics server
  • JConsole
  • SNMP
  • The administrative console

Administrators can track the response times for LDAP operations using a monitoring histogram as well as record performance statistics down to sub-second granularity. The PingDirectory server supports configurable notifications, auditing, and logging subsystems with filtered logging capabilities.

Powerful LDAP SDK
The PingDirectory server is based on a feature-rich LDAP SDK for Java. The LDAP SDK is a Java API standard that overcomes the limitations of the Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) model. For example, JNDI does not address the use of LDAP controls and extended operations. The LDAP SDK for Java provides support for controls and extended operations to leverage Ping Identity’s extensible architecture for their applications.

For more information on the LDAP SDK for Java, see http://www.LDAP.com.

System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) extension
The PingDirectory server provides a SCIM servlet extension to facilitate moving users to, from, and between cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) applications in a secure and fast manner.
Directory REST API
The PingDirectory server provides a REST API as the native interface for client access. Instead of trying to manage directory hierarchy or requiring attribute mapping, the Directory REST API provides direct access to directory data in a way that is dynamic, discoverable, and efficient. For more information, see the Developer portal.
Server SDK
The Server SDK is a library of Java packages, classes, and build tools to help in-house or third-party developers create client extensions for:
  • PingDirectory server
  • PingDirectoryProxy server
  • PingDataSync server

The servers have a highly extensible and scalable architecture with multiple plugin points for your customization needs. The Server SDK provides APIs to alter the behavior of each server's components without affecting its code base.