Thursday Nov 13, 2008

Federated Single Sign-On for Google Apps in OpenSSO

Wajih Ahmed, a senior systems engineer and technical specialist at Sun, just published a nice article on the Sun Developer Network that explains how to use OpenSSO to federate with Google Apps. Take a read and give it a shot!

Wednesday Nov 12, 2008

Download OpenSSO Enterprise 8 Now!!!

Why are these monkeys dancing? Because OPENSSO ENTERPRISE 8 is now available for download!!!! This is a groundbreaking release with tons of features. Check it out now and congratulations to the team for all the hard work!!!

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

Sun Party at Gartner IAM Orlando 2008

While attending Gartner IAM 2008 in Orlando, don't miss The Sun Microsystems Identity Party at the Gaylord Hotel's Emerald Bay Presidential Suite Monday night. Spend time with your friends from Sun Microsystems while enjoying drinks, great food and killer music. Stop by our booth for more details on the presidential suite room number and the "secret code" to get in.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2008

Sun Launches OpenSSO Enterprise 8 in SecondLife

I'm proud to say that we announced OpenSSO Enterprise 8 today in SecondLife. We had a total of 120 participants (80 streaming and 40 in Sun's virtual auditorium). This is a game changing release for Sun and its customers and includes innovative new capabilities such as the Fedlet, Multi-Protocol Federation Hub and our WS-Trust Security Token Service. Check out a replay of the SecondLife Launch to get a sense of all the cool new features and capabilities. You'll also get to see the IdentiCat dance, dance, dance!

Thursday Sep 25, 2008

Sun OpenSSO Enterprise Product Manager Position

We're growing the Sun OpenSSO Enterpise Product Management team (formerly Sun Access Manager). If you are interested in doing inbound and outbound marketing for OpenSSO, like to think out-of-the-box and love evangelizing great products then please apply to the link below or send me your resume.


Wednesday Sep 24, 2008

Have You Seen The IdentiCat?

The identicat is on the lamb and has gone "Patrick Swayze" on us. The SecondLife 5-0 are looking for him, but he is nowhere to be found. Apparently he has been promoting Open Source activities while bboying around Sun island. It's not illegal to talk about open source or bboy by themselves, but combined they are banned.

Rumor has it that the IdentiCat plans to hold an illegal meeting on 9/30 at 8AM PT on OpenSSO Enterprise, a highly controversial offering that has scared many traditional software vendors for it's free-wheeling nature. OpenSSO has been the darling of the people and has been viewed as an identity "Robin Hood" for the masses. It is unknown whether or not the IdentiCat will show up, but local citizens have been circulating an online registration form to get people to attend the showdown!

SecondLife 5-0 are expected to be out in force!

Friday Sep 05, 2008

Meet Mr. Winky The IdentiCat Live!

SL Enquirer, Palo Alto, California
Friday, September 5, 2008

Several weeks ago two men claimed to have discovered the existence of an IdentiCat in the woods of Sun Island in Second Life. The two men, Daniel Raskin and Jamie Nelson, promised physical evidence of the creature. According to Pat Patterson, head of a group called Searching for IdentiCat and a former farmer and haberdasher from England, "the video is proof that the IdentiCat lives! If you don't believe us then join us September 30 in the forests of Sun Island to hear the IdentiCat talk about the magic of OpenSSO Enterprise 8. Register early because we're expecting a very large crowd!"

Below is the first video ever captured of the magical IdentiCat in action . . .

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

Integrating Applications With OpenSSO

Sir Pat Patterson has writen a nice blog summarizing and linking to some great articles on OpenSSO and application integration options. Check 'em out!

Pat Before Being Dubbed an Open Source Knight by the Queen

Friday Aug 22, 2008

California men claim they found IdentiCat

SL Enquirer, Palo Alto, California
Friday, August 15, 2008

Whenever someone reports sighting the hairy beast of yore (details always fuzzy) or capturing the hirsute humanoid on film (images always grainy), it scares up a dubious debate of international proportions. Friday was just the latest episode in the IdentiCat show, as unreal as it may be.

Two men who claim to have stumbled across an IdentiCat in the woods of Sun Island in Second Life indignantly stood by their story at a news conference in Palo Alto during which they offered a picture as evidence and acknowledged they wouldn't mind making a few bucks from the "find."

"Everyone who has talked down to us is going to eat their words," predicted Jamie Nelson, Director of Access Management and Federation at Sun Microsystems.

Nelson and Daniel Raskin, a Product Line Manager at Sun, announced the discovery in early August to close friends and co-workers. Although they did not consider themselves devoted IdentiCat trackers before then, they have since started offering weekend search expeditions in Sun Island for L$499. The specimen they took a picture of, the men say, was one of several Cat-like creatures they spotted cavorting in the woods. IdentiCats, thought to be fokelore until today, are famous for their innovative thoughts on identity management and gifted abilities of identity prescience.

As they faced a skeptical audience of several hundred journalists and IdentiCat fans that included one curiosity seeker in a Chewbacca suit, Nelson and Raskin were joined Friday by Pat Patterson, head of a group called Searching for IdentiCat. Other IdentiCat hunters call Patterson a cheap huckster looking for media attention.

Nelson and Raskin plan to release a video of the IdentiCat in the next few weeks and have announced that they will be hosting a coming out party and presentation by the mysterious IdentiCat in October around access management, federation and secure web services. Stay tuned for more information.

Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

Free OpenSSO Self-Paced Labs Now Available!

Developers interested in learning access management and federation tend to be focused on solving a specific problem and have constrained time. They need to be provided tools that help them implement their solution quickly, while simultaneously educating them on how to use the product in complex environments.

To help ease this pain and provide community members pragmatic ways of introducing customers to OpenSSO, we are now providing self-paced labs that focus on teaching users how to do essential tasks such as deploying multiple instances, SSL-enabling them, installing a software load balancer and configuring session failover. The labs are 100% FREE and are a great primer for learning about OpenSSO on your own.

Check them out on the newly launched training page.

Friday Aug 08, 2008

OpenSSO Early Access Review Launched

The OpenSSO Project is soliciting feedback on their Early Access Build -- OpenSSO Express Build 5. With the release of this build, community members now have the opportunity to participate in the Early Access (EA) program for Sun's next commercial offering. Review the Early Access documentation and hammer away at Express Build 5! Send your EA feedback to so we can make the product perfect. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday Jul 29, 2008

Kuppinger Cole -- Sun unveils new models for OpenSSO

"Kuppinger Cole believes that in principle, open-sourced development has large advantages for customers. The hybrid approach of an innovative version with a short release cycle in parallel to a commercial release with a longer release cycle works very well when both are supported equally and enterprises can choose freely. The number of developers and the ability to contribute also gives enterprises peace of mind. Last but not least, several large enterprises have made very positive experience with a bottom-up approach to access management with OpenSSO. We therefore consider OpenSSO Express/Access Manager to be a safe product investment, when the features match the specific business needs."

--Felix Gaehtgens, Kuppinger Cole

You got to love quotes like the one above from Kuppinger Cole. Check out the full article here.

The word on open source is getting out and the excitement is building day by day. Since the OpenSSO Express announcement my phone has been ringing off the hook with questions and interest. As Fozzy Bear used to say, "Wocka, Wocka Wocka!" :-)

Sun Announces OpenDS Standard Edition (SE) 1.0

Following our exciting OpenSSO Express announcement last week, there is big news this week regarding Sun's OpenDS project, an open source, 100% java directory server that is suuuuuper simple to use. Sun announced the availability of Sun OpenDS Standard Edition (SE) 1.0, a fully indemnified and supported version of OpenDS. Check out the announcement here.

This is a big deal for us in the OpenSSO world because we embed the community version of OpenDS 1.0 in our product as an embedded configuration store and user store today. When we release our next commercial version of the product in September we will embed Sun OpenDS Standard Edition (SE) 1.0. This will allow customers to receive full support and indemnfication for OpenDS as both a configuration store and user store when deploying OpenSSO.

WOWZA! Times are a changin'!


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