Integrating network devices in a meta-directory: The MetaComm experience

Juliana Freire, Daniel Lieuwen, Joann Ordille

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Recently, meta-directories have begun to be used for unifying and centrally managing disparate directories/devices within an enterprise. Meta-directories must address many problems that have been extensively studied in the area of data integration, such as data cleaning and schema integration. However, some new challenges arise. Whereas previous data integration systems have focused on read-only queries, update support forms a major component of meta-directories. Network devices performing time-critical tasks should not be interrupted (queried) too often, and thus meta-directories must materialize the integrated data. At the same time, network devices must sometimes be managed independently from the meta-directory. Thus, meta-directories must ensure that data remains consistent across devices and the integrated view in the presence of updates to both devices and integrated view. In addition, existing directory servers have a number of limitations. For example, LDAP directories lack active functionality, and have extremely weak typing and transactional support. This paper discusses the MetaComm meta-directory: its implementation, how it addresses data integration issues and LDAP limitations, and our experiences in building a real product.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-217
Number of pages25
JournalInformation Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2002


  • Data integration
  • Directory enabled networking
  • Directory synchronization technology
  • LDAP
  • LTAP
  • Legacy networking devices
  • Lexpress
  • MetaComm
  • Software implementation experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture


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