Vendors push new ID management tools

Major systems vendors are increasingly integrating identity management products, once sold as stand-alone tools by relatively small pure-play companies, into their product lines.

Underscoring that trend were separate announcements last week from Oracle, IBM and Computer Associates, each of which featured products from earlier acquisitions in the identity management market.

Oracle on Monday released a new version of its Identity Management suite featuring technology derived from its March purchase of Oblix. The new release supports enhanced access management for IBM Websphere and BEA. Weblogic portal server environments. The upgraded product also offers application provisioning support in Oracle Internet Directory environments as well as for Microsoft's Active Directory and Microsoft Identity Integration Server.

The enhancements demonstrate Oracle's commitment to integrating Oblix technology with its own identity management tools as soon as possible, said Amit Jasuja, the company's vice president of product management. "An equally important aspect is that this highlights that Oracle continues to be committed to heterogeneity and support for broader enterprise platforms," Jasuja said.

Meanwhile, IBM's new Tivoli Identity Manager Version 4.6, which also released last week, is based on technology from its purchase of Access360 Inc more than two years ago.

The software, for instance, supports a policy simulation feature that lets administrators run "what-if" scenarios to better understand the effects of policy changes before they are actually implemented.

IBM also announced a partnership with Viisage Inc under which the company will deliver a user identification, enrollment and authentication service based on Viisage's biometric technologies.

CA's new eTrust Identity and Access Management Toolkit is aimed at application developers to let them add identity-based security functions such as authentication and authorization to applications as they are developed, CA said in a statement. The standardization the kit enables will also make it easier to centrally manage identities and application access, the company said.

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