Celebrating 25 Years of Active Directory

Active Directory (AD) has reached a remarkable milestone, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Contrary to earlier beliefs about its impending obsolescence, AD remains a cornerstone in the identity management infrastructure of about 90% of Global Fortune 1000 companies.


Richard Dean

4/3/20241 min read

The journey of AD is marked by strategic redirections and enhancements that have solidified its position as the preeminent directory service for on-premises identity infrastructure. Despite facing challenges such as security vulnerabilities and criticisms over complexity and cost, AD has adapted and stayed relevant in the rapidly evolving IT landscape.

As we look towards the future, AD’s role may change with the shift towards cloud-based solutions and hybrid models, but its legacy as a resilient and adaptable technology is undeniable. This blog post delves into the history of AD, tracing its origins back to an incomplete X.500-like directory service from the late 1980s at 3Com, we explore the journey AD has taken from On-Premises to Hybrid Cloud and we discuss AD staying relevant in the future. If you want to know more, keep reading...