Tuesday May 12, 2009

POSSO iPhone App is Now Available for Download

Our first community iPhone app, POSSO, is now available for download. Great to see people thinking about how to leverage the iPhone App Store for Identity and Access Management innovation. Although POSSO is a pretty basic app it does make your mind start to think about other tools that could be created. If I was an IT Admin, I'd love to be able to see my monitoring data on my iPhone. Imagine being able to check on the fly the # of logins per minute, or number of concurrent users, or # of users provisioned in a day. Pretty funky stuff. Check out POSSO and enjoy.

Monday May 11, 2009

BFF . . . OpenSSO and Microsoft “GENEVA” Server Interoperate

Almost everywhere I go I get the question . . . "What's Geneva Server?" "How does Geneva interoperate with OpenSSO?" "Are Geneva Server and Geneva Framework the same?" "Should I store my policies in OpenSSO or Geneva?"

In the past, I've had to provide long winded answers that leave me out-of-breath and huffing and puffing for air. Now, I can simply point to our new whitepaper, jointly produced with Microsoft, to provide the answers -- Microsoft “Geneva” Server and Sun OpenSSO: Enabling Unprecedented Collaboration Across Hetergeneous IT Environments.

The whitepaper validates a number of common use cases between OpenSSO and Geneva. It shows how you can use OpenSSO and Geneva to protect Sharepoint apps. It shows how you can use the OpenSSO Fedlet, which just won the best innovation award at the European Identity Conference, to protect .NET apps. In short it's a good read and answers some pretty commonly asked questions. Enjoy!

Download Whitepaper Now

Wednesday May 06, 2009

European Identity Conference: Felix Gaehtgens Interviews Pat Patterson

. . . and captures a flattering image. :-)

European Identity Conference: Felix Gaehtgens Interviews Eve Maler

OpenSSO Fedlet Wins Best Innovation in IAM and GRC

This week I have been having a blast at the Kuppinger-Cole European Identity Conference in Munich. I've had lots of good conversations, participated in great sessions and talked to customers and press. To top it off, we were just awarded Best Innovation in IAM and GRC for THE FEDLET. As you all know, this is my favorite feature of OpenSSO. Super lightweight federation for Java or .NET apps by adding a teeny, tiny little package to your application. No infrastructure or graduate degree needed to install. Wocka Wocka Wocka!

Thursday Apr 30, 2009

OpenSSO on the iPhone

Rohan Pinto at Sun has been working on a very cool project, named PoSSO, that makes the OpenSSO Admin console available on the iPhone. The app allows you to perform basic help desk administration tasks like create user, change password, reset password right from your iPhone. Check it out. It's pretty unbelievable.

Wednesday Apr 22, 2009

Federated Single Sign-On to Google Apps in Under 4 Minutes

In our OpenSSO Express 7 release we added a new feature focused on allowing people to configure both OpenSSO and Google Apps in minutes for simple authentication. Below is a video of me doing so with the latest build. My goal was to do it in under 4 minutes. If you want to test it out download Express 7 and our Google Apps Starter Kit to begin.

Saturday Apr 18, 2009

Open Source Connectors for Sun Identity Manager

In our ever expanding effort to grow our open source identity community, Sun now has an open source initiative to support Sun Identity Manager. That's right, you heard it. Sun Identity Manager (IDM) has moved closer to the world of open source by launching the Identity Connectors Project, a new open-source alternative to Identity Manager's proprietary resource adapters.

The Identity Connector Project is an open source community focused solely on developing open source resource connectors to work with Sun Identity Manager. One of the biggest hurdles in the world of provisioning is keeping up with the endless cycle of new connectors needed to provision resources. The pipeline for creating new connectors is endless. The Identity Connectors Project eases this pain creating a strong community where Sun, system integrators, customers and even competitors can build open source connectors to work with Sun Identity Manager and other 3rd party products that choose to interoperate with the Identity Connector Framework.

Sign-up for the new project and begin contributing today!

Thursday Apr 16, 2009

New Sun Identity Management Website

Our Sun Identity Management website has a new look. Check it out at www.sun.com/identity.  Great job to all who pulled this together.

Spreading the Love Across Identity

Chief Muckity MuckIt's been a bit of a darkout period for me in the world of blogging, but I'm back now and better than ever.

My role has changed at Sun so I be focused more on talking about all of identity now rather than just OpenSSO. I'm now Chief Identity Strategist at Sun (Chief Muckity Muck?, Chief Slacker?) and I focus on the strategy for all of identity products -- Identity Manager, Role Manager, OpenSSO, Directory Server and OpenDS Standard Edition. Don't get me wrong . . .  OpenSSO is my baby and my favorite product of all, but I will now be spreading the love across the entire portfolio.

The part I struggled with most in writing this blog was how to communicate my new role without sounding like a total goof. I'm aware that titles that contain "Chief Anything" tend to lack humility and sound a little silly. So . . . feel free to let the jokes fly about my title (as the entire identity team has covered most of the jokes already). You can be assured, they will keep me humble. :-)

At any rate, stay tuned for more blogs from me on the world of Sun Identity and where it's headed.

Peace out!

OpenSSO Express Build 7 Now Available

As promised, Sun is proud to announce the release of OpenSSO Express Build 7. This is a supported release and the first of many Express Releases leading up to OpenSSO Enterprise 8.1.

As many of you already know, the moment we finish a feature we now test it and make it available via an Express Release, which occur every three months. Customers that subscribe to OpenSSO Enterprise get complete access to these builds with support and indemnification.

Below is a list of some of the major enhancements / features.

Google Apps Premier Customers can now download Sun OpenSSO to deploy rapid federated single sign-on to organizations that use Google Apps as their collaboration and messaging service. The OpenSSO solution allows organizations leveraging Google Apps to use enterprise logins to access Google Apps, providing increased user adoption, improved security and administration benefits.

\* GlassFish Prelude 3
\* IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0
\* Oracle WebLogic Server 10g Release 3 (10.3)

Customers can now download and deploy OpenDS Standard Edition as a user store with OpenSSO.

To read about all the new features and enhancements in OpenSSO Express 7 check out our Express 7 Release Notes.

Download OpenSSO Express 7 now.

Monday Mar 16, 2009

Sun Everyday Provisioning Webinar -- March 18th, 2009

Skip American Idol on March 18 because there is something much more entertaining you can watch! You guessed it! Sun's Craig McDonald is going to sing, dance and talk about the Sun Identity Manager roadmap and why it is "da bomb" when it comes to identity provisioning. Don't miss out.

March 18th, 2009
10:00 PT/1:00 ET

Wednesday Mar 04, 2009

THE .NET FEDLET APPROACHES! (Make spooky sounds as you read)

What's less than 1.5MB, SAML2 compliant and allows for super lightweight federation between an Identity Provider and a .NET Service Provider application? Yup . . . you guessed it! The .NET version of our game changing Fedlet. My .NET nerd friend and colleague, Giuseppe (also known as Gui), has just blogged about an updated prototype of the .NET Fedlet for people to try.

The key benefit of the Fedlet is that it's an appliance killer. Yup. I said it. An appliance killer! How you ask? Well the key reason we get requests for an appliance is because customers are searching for a simple way to enable partner federation with little effort. This is due to the fact that they want as little overhead as possible when trying to onboard a new partner.

Well, if you ask me having to maintain a federation deployment and infrastructure is still too high of a baseline and implies cost, cost, cost. The Fedlet is truly light and requires no hardware, maintenance, upgrades or license. That's right. I said no license. When you buy OpenSSO Enterprise you can provide as many Fedlets as you want to partners at no additional cost. In fact, Fedlets can also be enabled for multi-partner federation. Partners are covered under your OpenSSO license and can receive support at no extra charge. How's that for impacting Total Cost of Ownership?

The Fedlet will be officially supported in OpenSSO Express Build 8, which will be available July 2009.

Monday Mar 02, 2009

OpenSSO Feature Release Schedule Published

I am very excited to announce that the OpenSSO Feature Release Schedule is now available on wiki.opensso.org. The coolest thing about this schedule is that we are releasing product every three months!!!! Every build listed in this schedule is also supported by Sun, so if you put it in to development or production you always have the option to buy an OpenSSO Enterprise license or subscription to receive support and indemnification. Pretty cool stuff! Check out the schedule by clicking the image below.

Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

OpenSSO: Massive Verizon Wireless Deployment

What has over 40,000,000 users, 1,000,000 logins per day, and peaks at 4,000 logins per minute? Verizon's OpenSSO deployment, that's what!

At Gartner's Identity & Access Management Conference in Orlando this past fall, Verizon presented on how OpenSSO is being used to support Verizon.net. This is a great example of an IAM deployment that scales beyond belief.

The presentation shows how Sun's OpenSSO and Directory Server work together to provide unparalleled, mission critical service and scale. The cool thing about the preso is that Verizon also highlights that they replicated this deployment in less than 2 months to support 25 million users at Verizon Broadband! Wowza!

Download the presentation and enjoy the video below!


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