Tuesday Jul 20, 2010

Last Chance to Register: Launch Webcast Identity Management 11g


Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

Register here

Monday Jan 25, 2010

DSEE 7 Improves Import Speeds by 5X: What will Engineers Do With The Extra Time?

Importing an ldif file is a common task that every engineer needs to create a directory service.  This is also a task that some engineers need to perform when restoring an instance in their topology.  DSEE 7 has introduced new innovations into the code has resulted in 5x improvements in performance. 

Wajih Ahmed, this Wednesday, will detail how he used the new F-20's to improve import times using DSEE 7.  This improvement results in real measurable time/cost savings.  Since these tasks sometimes take place over weekends or during maintenance periods this means engineers will have more time to do other things.  We want to know what are they doing with that time?  

Here is a potential list of activities they might be doing with that extra time:
  1. Spending time with their families
  2. Downloading and creating a POC for OpenSSO
  3. Attending a soccer game for their daughter
  4. Setting up their Super Bowl pool favoring their favorite team
  5. Finding cheats to get promoted in HALO ODST.
  6. Arranging a family movie night
  7. Learn about Fine Grained Access Control with OpenSSO here
  8. Writing a blog post on why they should allow dedicated server versions of Modern Warfare 2
  9. Checking out the IT platform that will manage, capture and deliver the Vancouver Winter Olympics
  10. Perusing Facebook to find out what is going on with their friends today.

If you have other creative ideas on what engineers should be doing with this extra time that DSEE 7 has given back, please share below.  I think everyone should be getting ready for the Olympics so I have included the latest video on the Torch Relay from the Vacouver Winter Olympics site.

Friday Jan 22, 2010

Proven Performance: OpenDS or DSEE 7 plus Solaris ZFS plus F-20's is Amazing

This week we have been sharing the different ways customer's can use compression to improve performance and reduce cost within your Directory Server Enterprise Edition environment.  On Wednesday, Brad Diggs, shared how customer's can use compression to reduce their storage footprint by 60%. Today, Ludo Poitou, Community Manager for OpenDS, wrote a great blog post on how to use compression in your OpenDS 2.2 instance.  Ludo shows how OpenDS can reduce the overall size of your directory instance.  He also gives pointers to how to configure in your directory environment.

Next week, Wajih Ahmed will be talking about how customer's can "Improving Import Speed Through ZFS Caching of LDIF import file".  He will show import rate of ds7 and opends with and without primary and secondary cache disabled vs. enabled.  This is another great example of the proven performance that Sun on Sun provides.  

Tuesday Jan 19, 2010

DSEE 7 Proven Performance Also Reduces Cost

DSEE 7 launched in November and just after Christmas a couple of our Directory experts in the community at Sun took it for a test drive on the new F-20 PCIe flash drives at Sun.  The results confirmed the internal testing we did in the improved performance in import times, the reduction in Directory footprint due to compression and the overall performance improvements for DSEE 7.   This is critical for our customers because it will allow them to take advantage of growth in their business while bending the operational cost curve for their system. In some organizations, their operational budget is their biggest line-item so being able to meet growth targets while also addressing the time, cost and complexity of servicing the environment can release capital for investment in new product development.  

The team that did this great work has agreed to share the results of their testing in a series of blog articles over the next week.  The first article will be presented tomorrow by Brad Diggs, Principal Field Technologist.  Here are just a few highlights from the results that Brad will share tomorrow on compression:

  • The storage footprint was reduced by as much as 66%.
  • We were able to cache greater than 50% more entries into the filesystem cache.
  • Compression almost completely negated average entry growth that is due to the natural addition of operational attributes and replication metadata over time.
  • The nsslapd-db-page-size could be smaller and more consistent with entry growth over time. 

The other team members will be sharing insights that they learned during the testing so I encourage you to bookmark these blog's and take a look over the next couple of weeks.  The team will be sharing not only the results but the lessons learned.  One of the blog articles will discuss tuning to get better import times as well as how to set-up your own SLAMD environment to test your Directory infrastructure.  Please bookmark the following blog locations to see the results:

Brad Diggs, Principal Field Technologist, here
Ludo Poitou,  OpenDS Community Manager, here
Mark Craig, Directory Integration Team Manager, here
Wajih Ahmed,  Principal Field Technologist, here
Nick Wooler, Directory Server Product Line Manager, here

As you look at your business goals for 2010 and are looking for ways to meet your growth goals while keeping your costs under control then take another look at Directory Server 7.  Does your Directory Server provide you with the proven performance and continued innovation as Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7? 

Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

NEW!! DSEE 7 Download, Documentation and Upgrade Guide Available Today

DSEE 7.0 is available for download today here with new documentation here.  The critical document you want to look at is the upgrade and migration guide here.

Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Boosts Speed and Performance: 

Considered one of the best extranet LDAP Directory Servers in the market today, the latest version of Directory Server Enterprise Edition allows enterprises to accelerate growth in a simplified way, improve performance and lower total cost of ownership. Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 has been optimized to improve performance by more than three times when compared to its predecessor. In addition, this release provides innovations that improve authentication and modification performance by 60 percent, allowing customers to accelerate their applications without changing one line of code. 

What's New with Directory Server EE 7.0

Boosts speed and performance: DSEE 7.0 has been optimized to improve performance of some operations by more than 3x the current version. In addition, this release provides hardware optimization with up to 60% improvement in authentications and modifications. 
Reduces Total Cost of Ownership– Reduce cost by using the only solution in the market that provides customers with a directory server, virtual directory, proxy server, web console and Active Directory synchronization tool-kit under a single license. 
Hassle Free Upgrade – DSEE 7.0 provides a simple upgrade path and provides 5x performance improvement in data import times, thereby reducing migration costs. 

You can see a webinar we did recently on DSEE 7 and Role Manager 5 on why this release is important to your business and how this can help your company meet growth goals and reduce your total cost of ownership.

Friday Nov 13, 2009

Webinar: Identity Management and Healthcare

The  Sun Identity Management team will be giving a webinar next Wednesday to discuss the very important topic of Identity Management and healthcare.  As the healthcare legislation moves through congress the increase of 36M patients on healthcare providers, insurance companies, and patients will be profound.  The cost savings projected by the bills will rely on IT systems to provide increased access to information to drive productivity gains.  As we have seen with recent high profile identity security breeches at hospitals identity security is critical in making sure the right people have access to the appropriate information, that information must be shared with all members of the value chain securely.

Sun's Identity Management Suite provides a powerful package of solutions to help with storing identity information with Directory Server Enterprise Edition;  managing authorization, federation and web services security with OpenSSO; providing provisioning solutions with Identity Manager; and, defining and managing role based access control with Role Manager.

Join this free Webinar to learn how Sun's identity management solutions can help your organization to:

  • Automate management of digital identities for other providers, patients, physicians, clinicians, and payors Provide single sign-on (SSO) and secure federated access to privacy-regulated healthcare information while adhering to strict mandates
  • Enable delegated, self-service password management
  • Comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), internal security policies, and corporate governance policies with complete auditing and reporting capabilities

Sun identity management solutions make it easier for healthcare organizations to manage and share digital information.

Register here.

Topic: Topic: Sun Webinar Series - Identity Management for Healthcare
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 19.00 CET (check my timezone)
Duration: 1 hour
Speaker:

Sun Product Manager Suresh Sridharan


Thursday Nov 12, 2009

NY Identity User Group December 2

SAVE THE DATE - Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Sun Identity Management User Group Session
Grammercy Park Room
Sun Microsystems, 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY

The Sun Identity Management User Group will meet for its next session at Sun Microsystems, 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. 

We are still finalizing the agenda and I will publish in this blog as soon as it is ready. 

Register here

Here are a couple of pictures from a user group in London.  Etienne is doing the presentation on Directory Server.

Friday Oct 16, 2009

Register for Webinar: What's New in DSEE 7 and Role Manager 5

Sun's Identity Team have been busy over the summer!  On Oct. 9, 2009 the Identity Management Team announced the release of Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7 and Role Manager 5.  Next Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 8:00am PT, Neil Ghandi (Role Manager Technical Product Manager) and I will be giving an overview of some of the great features that exist in the new releases.  Here are a couple of highlights:

What's New with Directory Server EE 7.0

Boosts speed and performance: DSEE 7.0 has been optimized to improve performance of some operations by more than 3x the current version. In addition, this release provides hardware optimization with up to 60% improvement in authentications and modifications. 
Reduces Total Cost of Ownership– Reduce cost by using the only solution in the market that provides customers with a directory server, virtual directory, proxy server, web console and Active Directory synchronization tool-kit under a single license.
Hassle Free Upgrade – DSEE 7.0 provides a simple upgrade path and provides 5x performance improvement in data import times, thereby reducing migration costs.
What's New with Role Manager 5.0
360 Degree View of Assigned Access – A unified view of data related to user access that empowers reviewers to make more         intelligent decisions concerning users access.
Closed-loop Remediation – A complete end-to-end solution for reviewing user access and removing inappropriately assigned access.
Rule Life-cycle Management – The first solution for managing the complete life-cycle of role assignment and SoD audit rules.

Interested in hearing more? Interested in hearing more about the release and what business problems it solves for your enterprise?  Register here for the Webinar here:

Topic: Improve Compliance, Access Controls, and Performance with Sun's Latest Releases of Role Manager and DSEE
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 19.00 CET (check my timezone)
Duration: 1 hour
Speaker:

 Sun Product Managers: Neil Gandhi and Nick Wooler

Registration::

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Thursday Sep 10, 2009

"We're in it to win it"

If you haven't noticed,  Oracle published this ad to Sun Customer's today in the Wall Street Journal.  Just in case you missed it, you can see it here. As an ex-coach and former water polo player, the quote resonates.   The Directory Server Enterprise team continue to deliver.  Watch this space as we get ready to release DSEE 7.0.

Wednesday Sep 02, 2009

LDAPCon2009: Growth in identities requires LDAP to innovate

Our very own, Ludo Poitou will be presenting with other luminaries in the identity industry at The 2nd.International conference on LDAP, LDAPCon 2009 will be held on September 20th and 21st at Waterfront Marriot Hotel , Portland OR, USA.

LDAP is gaining renewed attention as the identity repository for enterprise, telco's, global partner networks, healthcare and education institutions.  The LDAP repositories have been faced with massive growth over the last five years and the performance and availability they have come to rely upon is being tested. New requirements driven by the growth of users, the explosion of security requirements imposing more "writes" and the access to web services security and policies are forcing LDAP experts to look at new innovations.

You should attend, if you want to be apart of hearing how LDAP experts are innovating and addressing these business and technical challenges.  If you haven't registered yet, please register NOW here!

The registration fee includes access to the LinuxCon 2009 (Sep 21 - 23), and if you still need to be convinced that it's worth attending, you can check the agenda here.

Monday Jul 27, 2009

Sun Extends Leadership and Drives Innovation in Directory Services and Access Management with New Offerings

This is going to be a fun week for three simple reasons.  One, we are releasing the next version of the OpenDS SE product this week continuing to prove that Sun is an innovation company.  Two, Burton Catalyst is this week in San Diego and the Identity Management team will be there to listen, learn and evangelize.   Three, the US Water Polo team enters the medal round of the FINA World Championships.

First, the latest release of OpenDS contains three innovations that are important to customers that need a high performance directory server in their identity architecture.  Identity architecture's are evolving.  The traditional arguments of choose a directory purely because of it's read performance will not suffice as identity data is being updated by multiple applications to meet security and policy requirements.  This does not mean that read performance and stability are still the critical requirement it just means that the pendulum is swinging to include more read performance.  This is why we are excited about the early performance testing results that we are seeing in OpenDS with 14,000 writes per second.  Here is a link to some other performance testing data on the Nehalem platform for those of you that like to get into the weeds.

Second,  Burton Catalyst is happening this week in San Diego.  This conference is always a favorite as they do a great job of attracting real identity and security practitioners in one location.  This allows for a real exchange and learning experience for all of us that that want to move identity security forward.  If you haven't done so already and want to attend here is the information.

Lastly,  the US Water Polo team made it out of the preliminary round into the elimination round and will play on Tuesday at 21:00 CET.  This will be at 12:00pm PT.  I have been watching the games I can and the highlights on Universal.com.  This is where the internet shines and changes the world.  It is so powerful that those of us that support sports like water polo, swimming, etc can not consume the content we want via sites like NBC Universal when traditionally the mainstream media could not afford to distribute this content.  The internet has provided that low cost channel.  Sun Microsystems helped provide the technical platform for NBC Universal during the Olympics and it was a huge success.  I am not sure if Sun is helping with the FINA World Championships but I am still supporting the site.  I hope you will as well.

Wednesday Jul 08, 2009

Webinar: Government Identity Management (Register Today)

Identity management in government is a very important topic as it crosses a number of domains.  There are a number of issues as government's across the world pursue e-Government initiatives.  Norway is a great example as they have launched a portal to allow citizens to opt into services that they wish to consume from the government (e.g. postal, doctor, etc.).  The government portal in Norway uses OpenSSO.  This is only one of the ways in which Sun is helping governments further information sharing and reduce the cost of providing citizens and organizations the services they need to be successful.

If you are interested in hearing more about the different way's Sun can help governments help solve Identity Management issues such as the following, please attend the following webinar.

  • Secure control over information access by dynamic and diverse user populations
  • Single sign-on and identity federation for seamless operations across multiple IT environments
  • Automated provisioning and deprovisioning to reduce costs
  • Delegrated and self-service account management to improve the user experience
  • Auditing and reporting to meet internal security and compliance requirements

Event:  Identity Management for Government
Date:   Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Time:   10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 19.00 CET
Reserve Your Seat Today!


Tuesday May 19, 2009

Last Chance to Register: Directory Server Webinar, Improve Enterprise Performance

I wanted to pass along a quick note about an upcomming webinar on Directory Services which will be held Wednesday, May 20.  The webinar will cover how to reduce cost and improve the speed and performance of your enterprise using directory services.  The conversation will go over the following:

  • How to use save cost by consolidating identity sprawl in your enterprise
  • How to meet agressive time-lines on a merger and acquisition
  • How to federate faster with virtual directories

If you are interested, please sign-up here.  Even if you are not able to attend, registering will give you access to the replay.

Oh, and that is not Craig MacDonald in the picture in the top-right.  I got this from a very talented photographer in the Creative Commons here.

If you attend and want to see what I look like, the picture to the left was captured at the European Identity Conference by the very serious people at the Daily Mail the bastion of great journalism in the UK.


Tuesday May 12, 2009

Pimping for Directory Again! 450,000+ LDAP Operations per second

As I mentioned last week, David Kearns, wrote a great article a few weeks back titled "Pimp My Directory".  It is rare that you can use a theme for a blog entry twice in the same seven day span but when you here results like this I hope you agree....Sun is pimping their Directory.

Benoit Chaffanjon did an interesting "Benchmarketing" (you have to read his blog to understand why he calls it that) that showed Directory Server Enterprise Edition may be able to support 450,000 + LDAP operations per second.   The benchmarketing was done on a Sun Blade 6000 using the Intel Xeon x5560 on OpenSolaris.  All the gory details can be read in Benoit's blog here.  This is mind-blowing when you consider the cost of transaction per second and also what this might look like on an SSD.  We are doing some further testing as Mark Craig mentions in his blog not only to validate these amazing results but also to confirm the performance using OpenSSO and on a SSD.

You can Try It by clicking button below:


Here is one table taken from Benoit's blog

Modify Operations Performed  

Count

Avg/Second

Avg/Interval

Std Dev

Corr Coeff

4806293

4179.383

20896.913

55.65

-0.061

Modify Time (ms)  

Total Duration

Total Count

Avg Duration

Avg Count/Interval

Std Dev

Corr Coeff

29812733

480600

6.203

20895.652

0.19

-0.068

Search Operations Performed  

Count

Avg/Second

Avg/Interval

Std Dev

Corr Coeff

38452462

33436.922

167184.609

447.43

-0.061

Initial Search Time (ms)  

Total Duration

Total Count

Avg Duration

Avg Count/Interval

Std Dev

Corr Coeff

5000859

4807211

10.403

20900.913

0.375

0.015

Subsequent Search Time (ms)  

Total Duration

Total Count

Avg Duration

Avg Count/Interval

Std Dev

Corr Coeff

146366814

33643572

4.351

146276.391

0.189

0.171

You can Try and Buy one of these machines today. 



Monday May 11, 2009

Directory Server Webinar: Improve Enterprise Performance

The team is back from our successful trip to the European Identity ConferenceLudo and Mark Craig did a great job on the Identity Bus and Virtual Directory panels.  I will have more about this later in the week.  

I wanted to pass along a quick note about an upcomming webinar on Directory Services which will be held May 20.  The webinar will cover how to reduce cost and improve the speed and performance of your enterprise using directory services.  The conversation will go over the following:

  • How to use save cost by consolidating identity sprawl in your enterprise
  • How to meet agressive time-lines on a merger and acquisition
  • How to federate faster with virtual directories

If you are interested, please sign-up here.  Even if you are not able to attend, registering will give you access to the replay.

Oh, and that is not Craig MacDonald in the picture to the right.  I got this from a very talented photographer in the Creative Commons here.

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