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.

Thursday Oct 22, 2009

What's New In Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7?

Yesterday, Neil Ghandi, Matt Hamlin, Etienne Remillon and I gave a quick overview of what is new in Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7 and Role Manager 5.  Here are just a few of the great highlights that were discussed during the presentation.  Of course, you can get the full video embeded below.  Lastly, if you are interested in seeing more events like this you can go to the webinar site here.  

You can download the slides here.  You can download the video here.

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::

 Register Here


Friday Aug 01, 2008

Tired Of Managing Agents?

Tired of managing agents in your infrastructure?  OpenSSO provides a great way to reduce the number of agents that you have to manage in your application infrastructure.  Aravindan Ranganathan, a Technical Architect on the Sun team, wrote a great article on how to use the Identity Services that are available in OpenSSO to include security in your applications.  This article focuses on Single-Sign-On and Sign-Out but this the fourth in the series focused on Identity Services.  You can look at the other articles here:

The article goes into great technical depth on how to do the following:

Identity Services are important in a number of ways for customers looking for a Web Access Management solution.  They not only allow you to build security into applications or reduce the number of agents they have to manage.  The identity services also allow customers an architecture for better integration into their application architecture giving them ultimately more choice.  When you create enterprise software you have to design for a number of different environments.  The ability to access these services gives customers the maximum amount of choice and a choice leads to lower costs and higher value.

Lastly, I wanted to thank Marina Sum and her team for these great articles on OpenSSO.  The content and technical detail are valuable to the community.

Monday Jul 28, 2008

OpenSSO Express from the trenches

OpenSSO Express has had a fun first week.  Sun is announcing that it will now provide comprehensive support and indemnification for OpenSSO.  This will be called OpenSSO Express.  OpenSSO is the worlds largest open source identity project that provides fully featured single sign-on, federation management and web services security capabilities in a single Java distribution. Customers who purchase Access Manager, the current release of Sun's commercial version of OpenSSO, are now entitled to both support and indemnification for OpenSSO through OpenSSO Express.  This move is in response to demand from both Sun Access Manager customers and OpenSSO community members who requested support for OpenSSO rather than waiting for the next commercial product release.

Some of you may have seen my article on SDN where we explained the new model to the developer community.  You can read the entire text here.  I work with Marina Sum who is a great writer but more importantly a valued manager who kept an eye on the detail of the article.  She is a great asset to Sun and you can read the text here.

Also, if you haven't seen Daniel's blog lately you should see his new moniker (The Smoking Monkey).  This was derived from the work that was done on the teaser campaign for the Fedlet.  However, it was Cote who gave him the name.  YOu should read his blog regularly because not only does he cover the identity space but he also has a deep background in System Management and you can see from his blog title he has his priorities in order.   If you ever get a chance ask him about whether he has ever seen a man walking a cat on a leash?

This is how Sun defines the different releases in the OpenSSO Community.

 Release  Name  Definition
 Community
OpenSSO Periodic or Nightly Build
Nightly builds of OpenSSO that customers can download but can only get support from the community via IRC, email or documentation.
 Open Source Supported
Sun OpenSSO Express build
Periodic builds (e.g. released every one to two months) that Sun will provide support to customers that have purchased a license and a valid support contract
 Commercial

Sun Java System Access Manager

Sun Java System Federation Manager

Commercially supported release of OpenSSO.  Sun continues to support backwards compatibility and current release plus the previous two versions for customers.  Customer's can get long term support for their production deployments from Sun.

Here is a picture which describes the new release model.  Sun will provide support for the latest OpenSSO Express build and the previous build (e.g. latest minus one).


This is another move by Sun to align naming and policy across it's OSS projects.  It is important because it give's customer choice.  Customer's can choose to start projects earlier without having to ask their sales guy for an "early access" version of the software that may or may not be tested by a proprietary software vendor.  OpenSSO has 80% of its' code covered by automated test cases.  Additionally, customer's that are ready to go to production today can monetize those projects within their business models.  This means they can make money today with the knowledge that Sun is there to support their business.  This gives customer's choice and opportunity which they did not have last week. 

 We are excited about what this does for our customers.

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