From the Security Experts

April 24, 2009

Sun Expands Identity Management Suite

By SIP Trunking Report Contributing Editor

Sun Microsystems, Inc., a technology company that’s due to be acquired by Oracle this summer, announced expanded interoperability between the Sun Identity Management Suite and MySQL, open source database, for customers to reduce the total cost of ownership for deploying identity management solutions.

This will allow companies to create more dynamic identity architectures, with powerful directory services and relational databases, to improve performance and simplify management of large-scale applications.
Sun Identity Management is simple to install and manage and built with ease of use in mind. It is built as open source with open standards, and has more than 5,000 systems sold and deployed globally.
With MySQL and the Sun Identity Management Suite, customers now get flexible, scalable and efficient approach to manage their identity data infrastructure across their organization, regardless of whether they are using an LDAP directory or relational database. The Sun Identity Management Suite has more than 5,000 deployments worldwide and Sun’s MySQL database provides the back-end foundation for many online applications. A key product in the Sun Identity Management Suite, Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition is the LDAP directory server, with more than four billion entries in use today.
“Companies continue to struggle with basic identity infrastructure issues and are looking for pragmatic approaches to simplify deployment, reduce complexity and cost while planning for future business growth,” said Mark Herring, vice president, MySQL and Software Infrastructure marketing at Sun.
“The combination of Sun’s open source and commercial solutions along with MySQL provides the lowest TCO of any vendor in the market – allowing customers to consolidate their infrastructure, reduce expensive licensing fees, reduce time-to-acquisition and increase time-to-value,” Herring added.
“Identity management over the years has been making the promise to consolidate, bind together and manage identity information, and Sun Microsystems has an extensive identity management offering that does exactly that,” said Felix Gaehtgens, Senior Analyst from Kuppinger-Cole. “Sun’s added support for MySQL with their entire identity stack takes this to a new level by allowing organizations to bind together data regardless of whether it is stored in an classic directory or relational database.”
Sun’s Virtual Directory, a key component of Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition, provides customers with a consolidated view of identity information across directories and databases. When building a new Web application based on MySQL, developers now have new data repositories into their identity infrastructure in a standards-based manner, reducing quality assurance testing, eliminating integration costs and making identity data rapidly accessible.
Also, Sun Identity Manager allows users to any repository including LDAP v3 compliant directories and relational databases, like the MySQL Enterprise Server, and can also employ MySQL as its data repository. Sun Role Manager can also be used with MySQL as its identity warehouse. Sun OpenSSO Enterprise allows customers to choose MySQL, Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition, OpenDS Standard Edition and most third-party LDAP V3 directories as an identity repository.

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Edited by Michael Dinan