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Oracle Tops Off ID Management Suite

Fresh off of the integration of its purchases of OctetString and Thor Technologies, Oracle released the Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite to help corporations address security concerns.

The complete suite, which will be sold on a perpetual-based license that will vary according to implementation size, will keep applications, systems and data from unauthorized access.

The software package includes utilities for Web access control, identity administration, user provisioning, federated identity management, directory services and virtual directory technologies.

Though the company had some of the ingredients for an ID management suite already in-house, the Redwood Shores, Calif., company has spent most of 2005 adding the missing pieces to the security stack.

This included federation from its Oblix acquisition, provisioning from Thor and virtual-directory software from OctetString.

Wynn White, senior director of Oracle identity management and a former Oblix executive, said Oracle is pretty satisfied that its ID management offering is complete.

"This is the icing on the cake," White said.

While the company is not actively looking to add more components to this particular suite, White said not to rule them out if an attractive offer comes its way.

Ping Identity, for example, is one of the last few standalone ID management players left on the market and is well known for its federation software, which it sells under an open source license.

However, since Oracle already picked up federation utilities with Oblix, it may not choose to pursue Ping, choosing to ply its current platform in the multi-billion-dollar market versus rivals such as IBM, BMC Software, HP and CA.

The products that make up Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite include:

  • From Oblix, Oracle offers COREid Access and Identity, which provides Web single sign-on, policy-based authentication, password administration, delegated user and group administration, user self-service and reporting.
  • Also from Oblix, Oracle COREid Federation is an identity federation server that provides cross-domain, single sign-on and allows organizations to link their business partners into corporate portals or extranets while improving their ability to address increasing compliance and privacy regulations.
  • From OctetString, the company offers Oracle Virtual Directory, which provides LDAP transformation, proxy and routing capabilities for identity information found in directories and databases without synchronizing or moving data from its native locations.
  • From Thor, Oracle offers Xellerate Identity Provisioning, which automatically manages users' access privileges within disparate IT systems through a workflow engine. This tool also supports role- and rule-based access determination in response to routine business events.
  • Finally, Oracle offers its original Internet Directory, a user repository for simplifying user administration in the Oracle environment and providing an LDAP directory.