JNDI binding refers to a naming service developed through the Java platform. JNDI stands for Java Naming and Directory Interface and it basically functions as a central interface for several or existing naming services in a particular computer network. It doesn’t necessarily function to provide binding or naming services to the network but rather allows existing naming technology to run smoothly over one interface. With JNDI binding, networks are able run faster and smoother in terms of applications that need such naming services.
In enterprise level computer networks, there may be several existing technologies and applications that provide binding or naming services. These services are needed to streamline the process of getting the necessary data and resources for programs and the entire network to function smoothly and more efficiently. Through these naming services, the location for a particular application or another service can easily be mapped resulting to faster processing time for the computers connected to the network. Without this kind of technology, enterprise-level networks may not be able to provide the most functionality. When any of these naming services are already configured to a network, the best way to have them work together smoothly and even more efficiently is through JNDI binding.
JNDI binding works by means of binding consolidation. The bindings refer to the actual names of various objects and applications over the network. Whenever they are needed, they are usually named or bound together by the network’s naming service. Through JNDI binding, these bundled names are made to function more efficiently and thereby adding to the functionality of the original naming service. Whether the naming service is provided by the Domain Name System, Network Information System, or Common Object services among many others, as long as they are capable of binding names to objects, the service provided through JNDI binding will make them more functional and useful.