Concepts and Planning << >>

Choosing a Domain Model

Use the following table to determine which domain model best suits the needs of your organization.

Domain attribute

Single domain
Single master domain Multiple master domain
Less than 40,000 users/domain X X ¾
More than 40,000 users/domain ¾ ¾ X
Centralized account management X X X*
Centralized resource management X ¾ ¾
Decentralized account management ¾ ¾ X*
Decentralized resource management ¾ X X
* You can have either centralized or decentralized account management under the multiple master domain model.      

For example, Ferguson and Bardell implemented a multiple master domain model with the following characteristics:

Ferguson and Bardell decided to use the multiple master domain model because: