We announced a few weeks ago about the imminent availability of the Identity Cloud Service (IDCS) - Oracle's comprehensive Identity and Access Management platform for the cloud. We are pleased to announce today that the service is now GA (Generally Available) and onboarding enterprise customers the world over.
As a quick recap of what we've mentioned earlier about this exciting new platform, IDCS is a multi-tenant microservices-based platform built from the ground up for the cloud. Releasing IDCS is the culmination of years of effort in developing Identity and Access Management, 100% native for the cloud - instead of simply hosting our market-leading on-premise IAM products in the cloud.
IDCS differentiates itself from first-generation Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) products in its ability to provide three unique benefits to enterprise customers:
1. Hybrid Identity and Access Management - IDCS enables customers to manage and govern identities for applications that are on-premises and in the cloud. This includes not just synchronizing identities and federating access to an on-premises Identity Provider (like Oracle Access Manager), but also integrating workflows for Access Certification, Segregation of Duties, Reporting and Audit right from our Oracle Identity Governance product.
2. Secure Defense in Depth - The architecture of IDCS was designed with security of customer data in mind. IDCS uses the Oracle Cloud Platform's data security at rest via data protection technologies such as Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) and schema isolation - which help protect our customer data in the cloud. IDCS also provides native role-based access control policies to enforce granular control on application access.
3. Open and Standards-based Platform - IDCS was built and continues to be developed with an API-first development approach. That means every product feature visible on the UI has an equivalent API for it, therefore ensuring 100% API coverage for all product features. This makes it easier for developers to integrate IAM functionality into custom homegrown applications.
Also, Oracle being a leader in open standards bodies for several years now, IDCS has full support for SAML, SCIM, Open ID Connect and OAuth 2, allowing customers to integrate with any application via open standards.