The rise of Suncle: Access Management

This post is a continuation of a series analyzing Sun/Oracle acquisition in the context of identity and access management. Read the Identity Administration article if you want to start from the very beginning.

Access Management. Oracle has quite a few pieces in this bucket but only three of them have a counterpart in Sun's world: Oracle Access Manager (OAM), Oracle Identity Federation (OIF) and Oracle Web Services Manager (OWSM). Sun's OpenSSO product contains web and federated single sign-on capabilities along with a bit of web services security. Oracle fields three separate products to answer the same needs - Access Manager (more...)

The rise of Suncle: Access Management

This post is a continuation of a series analyzing Sun/Oracle acquisition in the context of identity and access management. Read the Identity Administration article if you want to start from the very beginning.

Access Management. Oracle has quite a few pieces in this bucket but only three of them have (more...)

The rise of Suncle (volume 1)

With the news of Oracle acquiring Sun exploding like an errant bombshell on the peaceful identity management beach shores, it's a perfect opportunity for me to step into my analyst shoes (Jimmy Choos donations are welcome). For those of you who prefer your conversation in 140 character chunks, you can follow us on Twitter; the proposed Twitter tag for Sun/Oracle discussions is #suncle; it's also the tag used on this blog.

Let's compare and contrast Oracle and Sun identity and access management portfolios. We'll use functional buckets because that's the easiest way to get apples-to-apples comparison. Here's what (more...)

The rise of Suncle (volume 1)

With the news of Oracle acquiring Sun exploding like an errant bombshell on the peaceful identity management beach shores, it's a perfect opportunity for me to step into my analyst shoes (Jimmy Choos donations are welcome). For those of you who prefer your conversation in 140 character chunks, (more...)

Channeling Edward Lear

Since we've added subscribers to our burned feed, I am making good on my limerick promise.

There was a Young Person in IT
Who joked about identity
The auditors came
And made him lame
That Deprovisioned Person in IT

Channeling Edward Lear

Since we've added subscribers to our burned feed, I am making good on my limerick promise.

There was a Young Person in IT
Who joked about identity
The auditors came
And made him lame
That Deprovisioned Person in IT

Virtual truth (chapter 3)

There's no chapter 3. RBAC Fiction publishing imprint just offered me a HUGE book deal to write a crime novel about virtual directories so I am going to get started pronto. If you have any plot ideas, feel free to comment on this post or email blog at identigral.com.



Virtual truth (chapter 3)

There's no chapter 3. RBAC Fiction publishing imprint just offered me a HUGE book deal to write a crime novel about virtual directories so I am going to get started pronto. If you have any plot ideas, feel free to comment on this post or email blog at identigral.com.



Virtual truth (chapter 2)

In chapter 1 of this ongoing novel, I've written about the basic premise behind virtual directories. This post will cover use cases that we've encountered in the field when working with prospects and customers and Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD) product.

Architectural Buffer (Service-focused). The buzzword-friendly among you may label this example as Agile Infrastructure. You've got an enterprise-wide directory service that you provide to applications. Multiple applications query the directory via LDAP for identity-related information and associated entitlements, a few applications (such as Oracle Identity Manager) create or update the entries in the directory. All such efforts usually start with (more...)

Virtual truth (chapter 2)

In chapter 1 of this ongoing novel, I've written about the basic premise behind virtual directories. This post will cover use cases that we've encountered in the field when working with prospects and customers and Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD) product.

Architectural Buffer (Service-focused). The buzzword-friendly among you may label this (more...)

Geography Lesson

Since I started blogging, the number of visitors to the site has grown dramatically and I thank all of you for stopping by. Our readership spans the entire globe with people coming from 30 countries on all major continents, everywhere from Finland and Russia to Qatar and South Korea. United States is leading the way in terms of visits but I am slightly disappointed in coverage. We only have 40 states out of 50 showing up. I can understand Montana, Wyoming and both Dakotas missing in action but Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma need to wake up and discover the (more...)

Geography Lesson

Since I started blogging, the number of visitors to the site has grown dramatically and I thank all of you for stopping by. Our readership spans the entire globe with people coming from 30 countries on all major continents, everywhere from Finland and Russia to Qatar and South Korea. United (more...)

Virtual truth (chapter 1)

I saw a note by Mark Wilcox on his blog regarding Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD) and SharePoint. Mark's note details how among other things OVD could be used to provide a unified LDAP-based view of users in multiple Active Directory forests not bound by a trust mechanism. If you've ever encountered SharePoint and multiple forests, the OVD solution is priceless (ok, they might charge a little per processor). This made me think about other interesting use cases for using a virtual directory but before going to outer edges of the galaxy, I'll cover the basic scenario first.

We'll (more...)

Virtual truth (chapter 1)

I saw a note by Mark Wilcox on his blog regarding Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD) and SharePoint. Mark's note details how among other things OVD could be used to provide a unified LDAP-based view of users in multiple Active Directory forests not bound by a trust mechanism. If you've ever (more...)

Beeping in Minnesota

I used to live near train tracks. By train I mean the old-school garden variety industrial animal that huffed, puffed and choo-chooed loud enough to rattle the double-paned glass windows in my house. On days when the train density approached positive infinity (must have been a shortage of cucumbers somewhere) and the noise levels exceeded the wildest dreams of experimental music fans, I dreamt I was in one of those Japanese shinkansen trains that silently fly at 360 miles per hour. My dreams were rudely interrupted by incessant beeping (beep jeep, say 30 times fast) and (more...)

Beeping in Minnesota

I used to live near train tracks. By train I mean the old-school garden variety industrial animal that huffed, puffed and choo-chooed loud enough to rattle the double-paned glass windows in my house. On days when the train density approached positive infinity (must have been a shortage of cucumbers (more...)

Slow burn

For those of you who read this blog but have yet to subscribe, I've got a business proposition for you. You attach yourself to our FeedBurner-powered wisdom and I'll write a haiku or a limerick celebrating a topic of your choice. The poems will be published on this blog and you will enjoy many years of fame and fortune (if you play the lottery and win). Naturally you'll have to claim your subscription by commenting on this post or contacting us privately. Since FeedBurner doesn't advertise identities of subscribers, we'll have to trust your word but to paraphrase (more...)

Slow burn

For those of you who read this blog but have yet to subscribe, I've got a business proposition for you. You attach yourself to our FeedBurner-powered wisdom and I'll write a haiku or a limerick celebrating a topic of your choice. The poems will be published on this blog and (more...)

A Flock of Seagulls (Feeling Entitled)

If you read my previous blog on entitlements, you might think that it's not a big deal. After all, how much management overhead can there really be for a few groups in Active Directory that represent entitlements? Jackson Shaw from Quest Software quotes a customer in his blog as saying that

We have over 300,000 groups (distribution lists, security groups) scattered across our company. Forget about "managing" them! I'd simply like to know if they are even being used let alone what for!!

Quest's products deal with Active Directory and groups and my entitlement example uses Active Directory and (more...)

A Flock of Seagulls (Feeling Entitled)

If you read my previous blog on entitlements, you might think that it's not a big deal. After all, how much management overhead can there really be for a few groups in Active Directory that represent entitlements? Jackson Shaw from Quest Software quotes a customer in his blog as (more...)