Single Sign-On, The Java Way from Daily Newslink

June 22, 2005

Single Sign-On, The Java Way
by Clint Boulton
, from Daily Newslink

Sun Microsystems ratcheted up its identity management portfolio by offering two new products that help corporations extend secure access to outside partners and suppliers. Called Java System Federation Manager and Java System Identity Manager Service Provider Edition, the products allow customers to deploy ID management and user provisioning for applications and computer gear outside their intranets and firewalls. The idea is to allow partners access to specific sites without letting them run roughshod over the network, peeking at any data they desire. This is a major change from the traditional method of walling off networks to partners and customers. The software supports Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML), Liberty Identity Federation Framework, and Liberty Identity Web Services Framework standards, too. The tool can also integrate proprietary mechanisms, such as a Windows desktop. Identity Manager Service Provider Edition provides identity administration tools that make it easy for businesses to deploy applications and services from third-party partners. The product, which grants smooth data exchange in high-volume extranets, allows customers to replace less sophisticated and reliable identity management programs. The software can also automate the setup and management of federated accounts. Sun has crafted the new software to fill a market gap in terms of how partners were putting together federation on their side. Companies are creating too many one-to-one federated relationships instead of many-to-many exchange models.

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