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Definition of Platform

A computing Platform is a type of hardware and/or software where application programs may run. Operating Systems are Platforms, as are different types of computing hardware. Special-purpose Platforms include Routers, Remote Access Servers and database servers.

A Platform is frequently associated with its own Credentials database.

A Platform (as it relates to Identity Management (IdM)) is a type of target system. There are many possible types of platforms, including:

  • Network operating systems: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Novell NetWare, etc.
  • Directories: LDAP, x.500, etc.
  • Host operating systems: MVS/OS390/zOS, OS400, OpenVMS, Tandem, Unisys, etc.
  • Groupware and e-mail systems: MS Exchange, Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise, etc.
  • Applications: SAP R/3, PeopleSoft, Oracle Applications, etc.
  • Database servers: Oracle, Sybase, MSSQL, Informix, DB2/UDB, etc.
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