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 Meeetup.com 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.

Saturday Feb 07, 2009

OpenSSO Community Day in Munich -- May 5, 2009


"Ohhhh, it's been a long journey from Munich to Minsk, Rochelle, Rochelle!"

You asked and we listened . . . OpenSSO Community Day 2.0 will be held in Munich for all of our European OpenSSO friends to attend for FREE!!! Hosted by our colleages at Kuppinger Cole, this event will be held during the European Identity Conference 2009 at the Deutschen Museum in Munich, Germany and sponsored by Sun Microsystems. This is another opportunity for OpenSSO contributors, deployers and users to come together in an informal 'unconference' setting.

Being an unconference, the only rigid item on the agenda will be to decide at 9am on the sessions for the rest of the day. You can show up and talk about any OpenSSO-related topic you like. Maybe you have an interesting deployment, a new extension or a nagging question - sessions can be discussions as much as presentations. Now, that doesn't mean that there need be zero preparation - if you have a session in mind, go to the wiki and add it there, so folks can get an idea of the likely content ahead of time. We've already posted a few ideas.

All are welcome, attendance is free, and lunch will be provided. We'll likely adjourn to a nearby bar at the end of the day to continue the conversation

We're using meetup.com to manage the registration process - just join the OpenSSO group and RSVP!

Thursday Feb 05, 2009

OpenSSO Community Day Super Sized!


Due to early demand, the OpenSSO Community Day @ NYU has super sized to a larger room so that we can hold up to 75 participants! So . . . if you are working on an access management, federation, or a secure web services project using OpenSSO or are just interested in learning about open source web access management tools then sign-up before the registration fills! First come, first served!

I have to admit that when we were planning this event we thought the first event would be quite small. Maaaaaaaan were we wrong. People are really excited about our first community event and it's sparked some ideas on doing more events in other regions -- stay tuned Europa!

Register Now

Friday Jan 30, 2009

Roadmap Preview: OpenSSO Service-Level Monitoring

A few weeks ago I blogged that I would start going in to detail on the OpenSSO roadmap. I've been a bit slow in doing this so no more procrastination on my side. Here's the skinny on service-level monitoring.

The goal of service-level monitoring is to provide standards-based way for systems management solutions to view reports on OpenSSO component behavior, quickly view a dashboard for trends and deloyment status, diagnose problems and set threshhold alarms. OpenSSO was instrumented with the Java Enterprise System Monitoring framework APIs, which is CIM compliant, but we are now expanding it to support SNMP and plain JMX to monitor deployment status.

Within the OpenSSO community we are actively working to develop robust monitoring for large-scale deployments that allows system and network administrators to proactively manage important enterprise assets that range from physical devices to systems and applications. Through our new service-level monitoring capabilities deployers will be able to monitor their deployment health, detect and diagnose problems and use reported metrics to size deployments.

The monitoring solution will use monitoring agents and leverage existing agents such as those provided with OpenDS, GlassFish and the Java Virtual Machine. The mosaic of agents will all reporting management data to a management console, which can aggregate the information and present a single consolidated view for administrators.

Data captured by the OpenSSO monitoring solution will fall into the following categories for each OpenSSO component:

\* Configuration overview : number of servers, auth modules, Realms, agent types, etc
\* Metrics related to resource usage : cache sizes, connection pools, sessions, etc
\* Counts on operations : authentication success/failures, authZ sucess/failures etc
\* Faults and diagnostics : server/agent down, ldap health, connectivity issues, etc
\* Thresholds and alerts : events emitted when certain configured limits are met -- number of authentication failures exceeds limit, number of in-memory session exceeds limit, etc.

The traditional commercial release of service-level monitoring is March 2010, but as you know we support features upon completion in OpenSSO Express Builds the moment they are done, so regularly check the OpenSSO project to "monitor" development status.

Tuesday Jan 27, 2009

OpenSSO Community Day @ NYU - March 17, 2009


Join us for the very first OpenSSO Community Day!

Hosted by New York University and sponsored by Sun Microsystems, this is an opportunity for OpenSSO contributors, deployers and users to come together in an informal 'unconference' setting.

Being an unconference, the only rigid item on the agenda is to decide at 9am on the sessions for the rest of the day. You can show up and talk about any OpenSSO-related topic you like. Maybe you have an interesting deployment, a new extension or a nagging question - sessions can be discussions as much as presentations. Now, that doesn't mean that there need be zero preparation - if you have a session in mind, go to the wiki and add it there, so folks can get an idea of the likely content ahead of time. We've already posted a few ideas:

OpenSSO Community Day Agenda

All are welcome, attendance is free, and continental breakfast plus lunch will be provided. We'll likely adjourn to a nearby bar at the end of the day to continue the conversation :-)

We're using meetup.com to manage the registration process. Join the OpenSSO group and RSVP. And don't delay - 5 of the 40 places are already gone!

Cheers

Friday Jan 16, 2009

OpenSSO Enterprise: Developer.com Security Product of the Year 2009!

HOORAY! Developer.com selected OpenSSO Enterprise as the Security Product of the Year. I definitely did a Pee Wee Herman dance (see below) when I saw this one. We're real proud of our relationship with the development community and make it a huge part of our focus. We're glad people are noticing and expect to see lots of great things out of the OpenSSO Community again this year. Congrats everyone!

Everyday Access Management Webinar

Hey All! As "Pat mentioned, I'm doing a webinar on Everyday Access, Federation and Secure Web Services on Tuesday, Januaray 21. Preso is aimed at highlighting the core problems that web access management tools address and a tiered approach to conquering them from easiest to hardest. If you want to hear my schpeal click the link below to register. I may not be the IdentiCat this time, but I promise to entertain and make some jokes at Pat's expense.

REGISTER NOW

Friday Jan 09, 2009

Ping Star Wars Parody: May the Schwaaaaartz be with you!


Happy New Year! I just finished watching a portion of the new Ping Star Wars parody. (Sorry Ping friends. I didn't make it through the entire thing. It's just reeeeeaaaal loooooong.) I have to laugh though when I see them making the open v. proprietary and big v. small argument because Ping's commercial product is closed and proprietary!

OpenSSO is 100% open source, has a thriving external community and is completely free in all aspects of the word. We have lots of stories of companies deploying it on there own without Sun knowledge and from an innovation stand point we are moving at a trailblazing pace.

So . . . In the spirit of openness, it's that time of year where I plan to outline what we'll be doing in the OpenSSO Project over the next few months. I plan to write a multi-part series outlining the major features we will be adding to the product. To give a teaser, the core features that I'll be writing about are listed below. Stay tuned for more details over the next week or so.

UPCOMING FEATURES FOR OPENSSO:

1. Service-level Monitoring - service-level monitoring for large scale deployments.

2. Access Entitlement Management - Fine grained authorization for protecting web objects

3. 1x Passwords using SMS - Light-weight two-factor authentication using mobile phones.

4. Password Replay / Enhanced Reverse Proxy - The ability to memorize and recall passwords for web-apps not protected by your single sign-on solution

5. Embedded Container Option - Embedding Glassfish Application Server in OpenSSO so you don't need to deploy and configure a container prior to deploying OpenSSO

6. Ease-of-Use Task Flows - Lots more task flows that make it easier than ever to use OpenSSO services

Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

Top 10 Things That IT Does in Tough Times

Love this blog from Ping Identity -- Top 10 Things That IT Does in Tough Times. I couldn't agree more about the uptake on open source. We've seen a significant increase in OpenSSO activity over the last two months and attribute this to organizations looking for open source identity alternatives during these tough times. Check out our month by month message activity in the OpenSSO Project below.

Tuesday Dec 02, 2008

Federated SSO to SugarCRM using OpenSSO & simpleSAMLphp

The Sun Writers have been popping our tons of great technical articles of late on how to use OpenSSO 8. The latest one shows how to use OpenSSO and simpleSAMLphp to federate between an identity provider application written in Java and a service provider application written in php. The article uses SugarCRM, an open source php application, as an example. Check out the article and try it out if you have time!

Monday Dec 01, 2008

Sun Gartner WAM Leader Agaaaaaaain!

I'm thrilled to say we were positioned as a leader in the Gartner WAM MQ again this year. I'm very happy with the results and encourage you to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor rather than the color of the pretty dots. :-) Below is the image and Sun's strengths and weaknesses. We thought our growth was pretty impressive last year, Gartner didn't agree. Don't worry about that though, because we're just getting started. In fact, our product revenue grew by 30% last year. If you're interested in reading the whole report click here.

SUN MICROSYSTEMS

Product: Sun OpenSSO Enterprise (formerly Sun Access Manager)

Sun is a leader in the WAM market, due to a combination of technical platform expertise, diverse and experienced partnerships in consulting and SI; a growing customer base; and consistent customer service. OpenSSO Enterprise is a full-featured product, with identity federation, SOA capabilities and built-in Web services security functions.

Strengths

    \* Due to technical platform expertise, diverse and experienced partnerships in consulting and SI, a growing customer base, and consistent customer service, Sun is a leader in the WAM market.

    \* OpenSSO Enterprise is a full-featured product, with built-in identity federation, SOA capabilities and Web services security functions.

    \* Sun plays a leadership role in open-source WAM through the OpenSSO project, which gives the company a potential customer base and the benefit of the efforts of the community that has developed around OpenSSO. When this option is included, Sun has the widest variety of pricing options for a WAM offering, and also has appealing standard pricing.

    \* Sun has focused on ancillary functionality to ease deployment, including federation partner offerings ("fedlets"), as well as standard, out-of-the-box task-based workflows.

    \* Sun's Partner Advantage Program remains a model for covering consulting, system integration, VAR and independent software vendor (ISV) needs for IAM customers.

    \* OpenSSO Enterprise now includes Microsoft SharePoint support and a fully functional security token service.

Caution

    \* Sun has a large customer base for OpenSSO Enterprise; however, growth in the customer base was relatively flat in 2007.

Thursday Nov 20, 2008

Entitlements Pyramid Scheme

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!

There's a new pyramid scheme hitting the world of identity called entitlements management. It's sprouted up as a new space and lots of vendors are selling standalone entitlement management solutions that customers purchase and deploy in to their environments. I just don't get it! Web Access Management solutions were built to do this. Rather than create a completely separate solution to deploy and maintain in your environment why not leverage that?

So . . . This rant is aimed at telling you three things about Sun's entitlement management plans.

1. We are in the process of expanding OpenSSO to handle Fine Grained Authorization / Entitlement Management out-of the box! We will NOT sell you another thing that you need to deploy in to your datacenter.

2. You will see this in OpenSSO Express by late Spring / Early Summer! Yep. This one is in the works and it's going to be very cool. We have some slick ideas and this is going to be our next "fedlet."

3. It will be all be open source! You heard that right. Everything we do will be available via the opensso community and free to use. If you are interested in contributing let us know.

Sun will be the ONLY provider to offer a single solution that not only does access controls, federation and secure web services, but also entitlement management. Stay tuned for more to come!!!!

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!!!

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