Thursday Jan 29, 2009

OpenSSO Community Day - NYC - March 17 2009

OpenSSO Community Day Banner

Eduardo mentioned CommunityOne back in December, when he announced the call for papers. CommunityOne East, to be held at the Marriott Marquis at Times Square, New York City, on March 18-19, is fast approaching now, and I'm pleased to announce that, on the day before CommunityOne East, Tuesday 17th March 2009, the OpenSSO Community will be gathering just a couple of miles down Broadway at New York University's Kimmel Center for the very first OpenSSO Community Day.

This is a unique opportunity for OpenSSO contributors, deployers and users to get together for a whole day of presentations and discussion in an 'unconference' format - the only fixed agenda item right now is to figure out the agenda. We're collecting ideas over the next few weeks at the OpenSSO wiki; if you're thinking of attending, do go there, take a look, and add any topics you want to speak on or hear about. Admission is free, with breakfast and lunch provided, and Daniel says he'll even bankroll the first round in the pub afterward .

So, if you're heading to New York City for CommunityOne, why not go early for a day (and possibly night!) of OpenSSO. If you're based in NYC, well, you have no excuse, go sign up, right now!

Tuesday Dec 16, 2008

Sun OpenSSO Enterprise in Gartner's Magic Quadrant - And on GlassFish v3 Prelude


Gartner recently released the Nov 2008 report on Web Access Management and Sun is now listed in the leader's quadrant (see image). This is good news, both as a recognition of our efforts and also because some customers use the Magic Quadrant to evaluate the viability of some vendors.

Sun's product in this space is OpenSSO 8 Enterprise - the commercial distribution of OpenSSO. The product version runs on GFv2 but it can also be used on GFv3 prelude; just need this small workaround :-) Of course it will be fixed in the final v3.

There's been quite a bit of activity around OpenSSO; other recent news include connectivity to SalesForce, and to SugarCRM, Using simpleSAMLphp, and even a .Net prototype. If you want to track all OpenSSO news, you may want to check SuperPat (Pat Patterson) and Smoking Monkey (Daniel Raskin).

Friday Dec 12, 2008

OpenSSO at Telenet for Fine-Grained Access Control


Our latest Adoption Story comes from Belgium thanks to SuperPat. Telenet (home, wikipedia) is the largest supplier of broadband cable services in Belgium. They needed fine-grained access control for internal applications and ACA-IT provided it through OpenSSO. See Questionnaire for full details.

For more adoption stories, check our Informal Stories. We are always looking for stories showcasing production use as these are critical to the growth of our community. If you are a happy user please consider sharing your story by sending us mail to stories at sun dot com.

Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

The New Docs.Sun.Com

ALT DESCR has been around for a long time and its look-and-feel had not been updated significantly for a bit. But today it sports a New Look and it looks very good! Check these out:

GFv2, GFv2 U1/U2, GFv3 Prelude
Portal 7.2, JavaCAPS, MQ, and much more
• Nice dynamic browsing and improved searching.
• Localized in 12 languages!

Very nice! I would only want to have the ability to annotate the documents, otherwise, this looks very good!

Added - Also check out Susan's Overview of the changes.

Tuesday Nov 11, 2008

... Releases and Acquisitions: JavaFX, OpenSSO Enterprise, G2One and SpringSource

A compilation of today's news of interest - Special Release and Acquisitions Edition:

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SpringSource has announced the acquisition of G2One the Groovy and Grails specialist company. Congrats to both! See the reports from The Register and DZone, including comments from Rod on their New Role in the JCP EC. Maybe SpringSource will be able to finish JSR 241? It has been more than 4 years since the EG formed...

Sun has released OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 (previously FAM, previously Access Federated Manager, previously Access Manager) with full enterprise support. Check out: download, documentation and Java.Net site. Also see Mark's Short Overview, and entries tagged OpenSSO.

And Danny promises that JavaFX will be finally Released on December 2nd. He also points to a nice JavaFX Overview at InfoQ and to the current RC download. More info as we get closer to the launch.

Monday Oct 27, 2008

SSOCircle and CDOVaR.Net - OpenSSO and OpenDS in Production

Our Stories blog tracks informal adoption stories of our middleware Open Source projects. Most of the initial stories centered on the GlassFish Server, but over time we have been expanding from there with a few stories on OpenMQ and OpenSSO and in the last days we added two more.


SSOCircle is an open identity provider that uses OpenSSO to support SAML 2.0 and OpenID and others in federated single sign-on. SSOCircle went live in Feb 2007; check their full story with more details via the usual questionnaire.

CDOVaR.Net is a service provided by CDO² to financial institutions to transparently harness grid computing to manage their portfolios. They needed an LDAP server and chose OpenDS. Check the story and questionnaire.

Sunday Oct 26, 2008

... The Best AppServer, New MQ Site, MySQL in NB, SocialSite and REST, Compliance Manager, OpenStorage and SSDs

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Any Best poll is always subjective in one way or another, so here are two more :-) First What's the Best AppServer - with several references to GlassFish. The second is a question from a prospective GF user that elicited a Very Nice Testimonial... which is a good time for a call for Adoption Stories; if you have any, drop us a mail at stories at sun dot com.

The OpenMQ community page sports a new, clearner-looking OpenMQ WebSite. I hear they also have testimonials and performance numbers cooking; stay tuned.

The Identity folks at Sun have released a new Compliance Manager product that elicited good press coverage (BusinessWire, SearchSecurity). This is part of Sun's Identity Products, and, like with OpenSSO, I expect the usability and applicability - not just the functionality - of all these products to continue to spread in the future.

NetBeans 6.5 (now in RC) has improvements in MySQL support, including knowing about the Sakila sample, improvements to the SQL Editor, SQL code completion, displaying multiple rowsets, and SQL history. Check out Andrei's NetBeans.TV Screencast, and thanks to John for the tip.

Roy (Fielding) has specific objections to the RESTful API for OpenSocial - see Roy's note and Dave's links (Roy points the comment to SocialSite, but it really is about OpenSocial). It seems there is a discussion thread on the OpenSocial group discussing how to incorporate that feedback into the spec.

Finally, on the OpenStorage side, a couple of good videos discussing the role of Flash in Storage, (both available in two sizes): Bill Moore ([medium], [ipod]) and Andy Bechtolsheim ([medium], [ipod]). The ipod-sized presentation are ideal for flights :-)

Thursday Oct 16, 2008

Advantech - Systems Integration with OpenESB, GlassFish, OpenSSO and OpenMQ


Our latest Adoption Story is about Advantech. This israeli company does software and systems integration in Java, SAP, Oracle and Microsoft environments. Alexis interviewed Dror Yaffe, the Chief Architect of the Java division, who explains their use of GlassFish server, OpenMQ, OpenSSO, OpenESB, MySQL and more.

Read Alexis' Adoption Story and, for full details, go to our usual Questionnaire.

Saturday Oct 11, 2008

... Syslogd and GlassFish, REST for OpenSSO, JAX-RS is final, China, SmugMug and ZFS and MySQL

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Marco had a small expedition tracking a bug in GlassFish v2 interacting with Syslogd. He found a solution and has Posted his Story and Patches. Still working on how the fix will migrate back to the main repository.

OpenSSO now has a set of RESTful Web Services to access its functionality to do things like authenticate, authorize, validate, etc.

And, on the same topic, the JCP just formally announced that JAX-RS 1.0 is now final. The final specification is here. First JavaEE 6 specification all completed.

Judy reports on a SunTech meeting focused on spreading adoption of GlassFish Server in China. Expect us to reach out more to that community in the very near future, in the meantime, check out Judy's note. Added - Judy pointed me to GlassFish_China Google group.

And SmugMug has a very nice note on how they have been using OpenSolaris with MySQL and ZFS in production. Check out Don MacAskill's note (don't miss the comments) and Marc's initial pointer.

Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

... GlassFish ESB M2, Terracotta with GF Support, EclipseLink in NB, Sparky in Chennai, Wishlists, OpenSSO Experts

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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GlassFish ESB is getting closer to its release. Bill (the-blogger) leaks that the second Milestone is Available Early, including Data Mashups. Download Now!.

Terracotta 2.7 is out with formal support for GlassFish Server. See the product page, the download page and Alex's post.

John, at NetBeans, has a new demo showing how to Use EclipseLink via JPA on NetBeans 6.5. EclipseLink is included in the GlassFish v3 releases, including the imminent GlassFish v3 Prelude.

Chinmayee, in Chennai (called Madras by the british) reports on a Presentation to Wipro last month. Wipro is one of the top (top 3?) IT companies in India, with over 100K employees. It's great to see increased adoption in India; like Brazil and China, these are rapidly growing markets - the biggest challenge with GlassFish is getting the word out.

Dan is the author of Seam in Action and recently posted about Using Seam with GlassFish. An exchange with GlassFish team folks followed and Dan now has a Wishlist for GlassFish.

Last week was the OpenSSO Ask-the-Experts, and, following that format, they have published the transcript for the session. Thanks to Rajeev for the tip

Friday Oct 03, 2008

... Kohsuke and Japan, SocialSite M1, Grizzly the Preventer, Global Desktops, Nuxeo and v3

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Kohsuke just returned from his Trip to Brazil but he is leaving again, this time to Japan. He will be a keynote speaker at the Japan Java Users Group, see Schedule (translation) and Speakers (translation). Check out KK's announcement and let him know if you want to get in his schedule.

SocialSite has released it first milestone - see SocialSite Milestone 1, check out the Community Site, the Download, or Related Posts. Thanks to Bobby for the tip.

More Grizzly Power! JFA writes about how to use Grizzly to provide Protection from Rogue Web Apps (no, not that Rogue) through priority response queues.

Pat writes about how to use OpenSSO to provide integration with Sun Global Desktop. OpenSSO has been gaining visibility recently (see Google Trends) specially after the Launch of OpenSSO Enterprise earlier this week.

More GlassFish v3 adoption, even before it releases: Eric Barroca, the CEO of Nuxeo, the open source ECM system, reports in an interview at OpenSource about their plans for supporting it.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2008

OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Launched

OpenSSO Second Life Launch

OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 got off to a flying start yesterday with its launch in Second Life (event replay). The IdentiCat himself, OpenSSO senior product line manager Daniel Raskin, and director of engineering for OpenSSO, Jamie Nelson, were on hand to explain how OpenSSO meets three tough challenges of single sign-on - Web access management, federation and secure Web services.

Daniel and Jamie showed how OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0, known in its last release as Sun Access Manager, adds many new features, as well as being the first commercial release from the open source OpenSSO project. We've covered many of these features here at The Aquarium as they have appeared in OpenSSO; for instance, OpenDS as OpenSSO's embedded configuration store, the Fedlet and identity services.

Back in what passes as the real world, the OpenSSO launch was widely covered by press and analysts - I've listed some of the more interesting articles and quotes over at my blog, Superpatterns.

As Daniel explained in the Second Life presentation, there's plenty more in store for OpenSSO - the focus in upcoming releases will be on areas such as carrier-grade monitoring, yet more work on ease of use, and entitlement management. As always, we'll carry the OpenSSO headlines here at The Aquarium, but if you want to immerse yourself in the OpenSSO river of news, subscribe to Planet OpenSSO.

Monday Sep 29, 2008

JRuby for Java Skeptics, GAP in Sao Paolo, Brazil, OpenSSO, OpenDS and GF, MySQL Users Conference

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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From Ruby-land, Zargony is warming up to JRbuy and explains Why I'm starting to like JRuby even though I dislike Java. And Arun writes a short list of the Advantages of JRuby over MRI.

We have been sending notifications to GAP (the GlassFish Awards Program) for a while but on MOnday we had a Press Release aligned with the first SunTech Days in Sao Paolo to celebrate the winners located in Brazil. Special congratulations to Claudio and Reginaldo who were at the event. We are planning a number of blogs to highlight the GAP winners; we won't be able to cover the 108 of them (!) but we will sample a few.

And, Arun is visiting Sao Paolo (and other cities in Brazil) and writes about ES JUG... And about Embu das Artes and about Travel Tips in Brazil.

Showing part of the spread of the Friends and Family part of the GlassFish Server two tutorials: First Sidharth and Marina show OpenSSO on GlassFish, and then Ludo points to John Yeary's Doing authentication and authorization with GlassFish and OpenDS.

Giuseppe points out that the call for papers for the MySQL Users Conference is still open.

PS. There is a lot of work to do before GFv3 prelude goes out; tracking the news during the next few weeks is going to be tricky, please bear with us.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

Ask the OpenSSO Experts!

Ask the Experts

Coming up next week is a Sun Developer Network Ask the Experts session on OpenSSO, featuring Rajeev Angal, Aravindan Ranganathan, Dilli Dorai, and Qingwen Cheng. If you have a question on access management, identity federation, secure web services or anything else OpenSSO-related, post it to the Ask the Experts page during the week of September 29. Go on - see if you can stump them

Monday Sep 22, 2008

OpenSSO Mail Traffic - a Healthy, Growing Community

Posts at OpenSSO

Prompted by Eduardo's post on OpenESB from last week, I checked out the OpenSSO mailing lists on MarkMail - wow! Looking at the last full month, August 2008, we had 4758 messages in total (across the users, dev, code-review etc lists), with 331 on the users mailing list. This last number was down on June and July's numbers (432, 422 respectively) - likely due to summer vacations.

If you want to find out what all the fuss is about, and maybe win some cool gear from the CafePress OpenSSO store, hop over to Superpatterns and follow the instructions there to join the OpenSSO community and subscribe to the mailing lists.