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.

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