Monday Jun 18, 2007

Sun Shines on Open ID

I just listened to my good friends Don Bowen and Eve Maler discussing Sun's OpenID deployment with Brandon Whichard- the latest in Sun's Identity Management Buzz podcast series.

Worth the listen - Eve goes into some detail on the lessons that Sun has already learnt from OpenID.sun.com - and there are some insights into Eve, Don and Brandon's music buying habits. Show tunes, Don? Listen Now or Subscribe via iTunes.

Friday Jun 15, 2007

OpenID @ Work - Architecture

As you might already know, OpenID.sun.com has been live for a few days now. I have my shiny new OpenID (http://openid.sun.com/metadaddy) and have already used it to log in to the Project Concordia wiki and add myself to the list of participants. Everything seems to be working as it should.

It's a fitting time, then, to start explaining how we deployed OpenID, and Hubert has started doing exactly that with this blog entry on the architecture of OpenID.sun.com. As you can see from Hubert's description, the OpenID deployment is based on OpenSSO and its OpenID extension, so any interested party can go grab the source and try it out for themselves. In fact, some already have.

Monday May 07, 2007

OpenID at Sun

Already lighting up the blogosphere this morning are posts from Tatsuo, Gerry, Rich and Scott all about Sun's new OpenID Provider. Briefly, Sun is launching an OpenID Provider (OP) for all of its employees.

Why just employees? Well - there are any number of sites that offer OpenIDs, and anyone can start their own, but we wanted to try something different. With this service, we are exploring the use of OpenIDs in a business context - what could it mean to have an OpenID that says you are an employee of Sun Microsystems (or, for that matter, any company)? We'll be learning over the next few weeks and months, and, of course, sharing the lessons with the wider community.

On the technical side, we are deploying the OpenSSO Extension for OpenID on OpenSSO. In case the bulbs aren't lighting yet... this means that anyone can grab those components, do a little tweaking round the edges, and roll this out for themselves. In fact, that's exactly what SSOCircle has done, but in a non-enterprise context.

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