RSA Security is readying a new version of its Federated Identity Manager software that will support the latest specification of the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML 2.0) and should help cut down the number of individual user log-ins.
Federated Identity Manager 3.0, which is expected to ship by the end of May, will also include performance improvements, a new graphical user interface, and new testing tools to make it easier for customers to prototype the federated connections that the software is designed to enable.
Though the SAML 2.0 support is sure to attract attention, the sample application and testing environments that are now included with the software will make it much easier for customers to set up and prototype federated networks of servers, where users are not constantly being prompted for new log-in and password information, said Dave Taku, a product manger with RSA.
"One of the things we did with this particular release is invest a lot of time in understanding, 'What are the real world problems that our customers are experiencing?'" he said.
SAML is a protocol developed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), an industry consortium. The protocol allows computer systems to exchange user authentication information with each other to reduce the number of times users have to log in to different servers.
This will be RSA's first update of the Federated Identity Manager since version 2.6 was released last August, Taku said.
Pricing for the product will remain unchanged with the 3.0 release, he said. More information on the product can be found here: http://www.rsasecurity.com/FIM