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Intel Launches Identity as a Service in the Cloud, Leaves McAfee on the Ground

User identity authorization and access solutions are a standard foundation for information security in most enterprise organizations today. In the past, identity solutions have typically been tethered to on-premise deployments of software. Intel is now attempting to break free of that limitation with its Cloud SSO (Single Sign On) solution that delivers identity management as a cloud-based service.

Intel Cloud SSO leverages the Salesforce.com "Force.com" cloud, though it is not limited in providing access to a broader range of applications. Vikas Jain, Director of Product Management for Cloud Identity and Security at Intel, told InternetNews.com that the service can work with nearly any type of cloud application.

While Intel Cloud SSO can integrate with on-premise identity information stores, it currently is not a solution for delivering identity to on-premise applications. Rather, the system is limited to controlling access only to SaaS and cloud-based applications.

The Cloud Identity Manager from Intel subsidiary McAfee is similar to what Intel Cloud SSO delivers, but with one key caveat -- it's only available as an on-premise solution. The McAfee Cloud Identity Manager sits on premise and enables identity based access to cloud applications.

"If you have both on-premise and in-the-cloud applications, then for the on-premise portion you still have to leverage McAfee Cloud Identity Manager," Jain said. "We plan to add support for on-premise using identity bridge, but that's not in this release."

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Intel Launches Cloud SSO Service

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.