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Oracle Recasts Its ID Management Software

Oracle has issued new identity management software that protects data shipped on products from different vendors.

The Oracle Identity Management suite will guard computer systems and applications against intruders across systems that run operating systems, directories, application servers and applications from different vendors.

The release significantly elevates the Redwood Shores, Calif., company's security software in the competitive market because it can safeguard a system running disparate programs, said Oracle vice president Amit Jasuja.

For example, Oracle's suite can seamlessly run IBM's database, SAP applications and a LDAP directory from Microsoft with no disruptions, he said. The outfit's previous suite was a batch of solutions that only protected Oracle's application server and database offerings, the executive said.

As part of the heterogeneity theme, the ID management suite includes more support for IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic applications servers; SQL Server and Oracle Database support for federated identity information; provisioning for Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Identity Integration Server; and better Web services support for .NET, TIBCO and WebSphere.

Jasuja believes Oracle has the total package in its ID management Suite, because it will also allow users to safely exchange Web services through new single sign-on tools.

The ability to ensure secure data transmission across networks with different types of software code and on any hardware is a necessary feature for corporations that choose to use Web services as a way of conducting business on the Internet.

To wit, software vendors have been trying to shed patchwork solutions in favor of integrated portfolios that facilitate Web services and allow users to sign on with a few quick keystrokes without compromising their personal information, such as checking account or credit card numbers.

IBM , Computer Associates , HP , BMC Software and a host of others are offering ID management portfolios for customers concerned about locking up their critical data, giving Oracle stiff competition in a multi-billion-dollar computer security market.

The software, the fruit of Oracle's March purchase and integration of Oblix, is available now, with prices varying according to the size of an installation.

The suite is part of Oracle's larger Fusion Middleware portfolio, which also includes 10g Application Server, Oracle Collaboration Suite and Data Hubs.