Wednesday May 06, 2009

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  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 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 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!

Tuesday Feb 17, 2009

Gartner IAM London After-Hours Party -- March 23rd

As Grand Poobah of Identity Festivities, I'd to invite all Gartner IAM attendees to join the Sun Identity Management Team and Accenture Team to an after-hours party in the Kingpin Suite at Bloomsbury Lanes where you can:

\* Enjoy delicious food and beverages
\* Bowl (top scoring bowler at the end of the night wins a prize pak)
\* Play pool and table tennis
\* Show off your Karaoke skills
\* Enter an onsite raffle to win a Wii console with WiiSports. Must be present to win.

When: Monday, March 23rd from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Where: Kingpin Suite at Bloomsbury Lanes (basement of Tavistock Hotel on Bedford Way)

RSVP before March 20th and your cab fare to the party is on us! Gartner IAM Badge Required for Entry!

Look forward to seeing you there!


Wednesday Feb 11, 2009

WEBINAR: Attacking complexity with simplicity - Sun Identity Management

The Sun Identity Team is kicking off a monthly webinar program outlining our overall portfolio and how it can help you solve everyday identity challenges. The first session will be held on February 18 at 8AM PT and will provide an overview around how Sun approaches everyday identity and offer an overview of our methodology to build strong identity foundation that lasts. So . . . what are you waiting for! Register for our life changing webinar now!

Monday Feb 09, 2009

OpenSSO Community Perk: 20% Discount to European Identity Conference, Munich

Great news! Anyone who registers and attends our OpenSSO Community Day in Munich will qualify for a 20% discount to the European Identity Conference (EIC), also in Munich. Our community day is on May 5 during the EIC preconference events and EIC officially begins on May 6.

To take advantge of this offer, all you need to do is register for our OpenSSO Community Day at and register for EIC. The discount code to get 20% off is OPENSSO. We will be passing an attendance list to Kuppinger-Cole so you need to show-up to our community day to get this discount.


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