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See how easily and quickly you can deploy Oracle Identity Governance (OIG) in Oracle Cloud

Paul Toal
Distinguished Solution Engineer - Cyber Security

For those of you who haven't come across Oracle Identity Governance (OIG) before, it is a powerful, flexible and highly scalable enterprise identity management system to manage user and user access privilege lifecycle within enterprise IT resources. OIG's flexible data model allows modeling and managing user access across a very broad range of application types including ERP/CRM/HCM, LDAP, Active Directory, Databases, Mainframes and SaaS applications. OIG supports a number of essential governance use cases that include access request, provisioning, access certification, delegated administration, password management, segregation of duties and role lifecycle management. For each of these features, you can customize workflows, user interface and add business logic at various extension points and create automation for their users joining, moving and leaving your organization.

One of the areas that can be a challenge for customers is quickly spinning up new environments for OIG, especially for development and testing. As an enterprise application, OIG requires a certain footprint, which includes Oracle Database and WebLogic. Starting from scratch can take some time to get an OIG installation to the point of configuration. With each version of OIG, improvements have been made to simplify the initial installation process. For example, in the latest version, 12c, there is now an integrated quick installer, which installs many of the components needed for OIG in a single installer. The post-installation process has also been simplified through the process of bootstrapping and auto-discovery. You can read more about these in the documentation here.

However, we have now taken this a stage further and provided a pre-built Oracle Cloud Marketplace image.

 

 

This image allows you to deploy a single-node installation of OIG 12.2.1.3 within your Oracle Cloud tenancy. This simple process is just two steps.

  1. Use the Marketplace to deploy the image within your tenancy.
  2. Run a single command line script to automatically set up the image.

The entire process, in my experience, takes about 30 minutes to complete, after which, you have an empty OIG instance that you can immediately start configuring. The image comes with a complete set of usage notes to run these two steps.

If you are looking for a quick way to get the latest version (12c) of Oracle's Identity Governance platform up and running, then you have found it. Perhaps you are investigating 12c as part of an upgrade from 11g, or maybe you are looking at some of the new features of 12c. This is a great way to get quick and simple access to an environment, without having to find hardware or resources within your local environment.

Oh, and don't forget, if you don't already have an Oracle Cloud account, then you can always sign up for a free trial here.

 

 

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