OpenSSO Enterprise – Sun’s next-gen secure web services solution

Sun Microsystems announced Sun OpenSSO Enterprise software, the first open, high-performance and unified solution for access management, federation and secure Web services capabilities to address the core single sign-on (SSO) problems that organizations face today. OpenSSO Enterprise was built in collaboration with OpenSSO, the world’s largest open source, identity management project. With the addition of OpenSSO Enterprise, Sun’s comprehensive identity portfolio provides easy-to-use, flexible and scalable solutions that streamline and simplify the process of managing user identities across a variety of applications.

OpenSSO Enterprise is the only integrated open source, access and federation management offering on the market today. Sun allows customers to deploy commercial or open source versions of OpenSSO Enterprise, known by OpenSSO community members as Express builds, and provides full support and indemnification. As a result, customers benefit from an active open source community, support and service from Sun, direct access to Sun engineering and expertise, direct access to OpenSSO source code, and easy access to the latest product innovations.

OpenSSO Enterprise, formerly known as Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Federation Manager, offers a simplified and more intuitive end-user experience. As a result, customers who purchase or upgrade to OpenSSO Enterprise will receive a product that is quick-and-easy to deploy.

Main components of the OpenSSO Enterprise solution include:

  • Access Management with Embedded Directory Server: OpenSSO Enterprise is the only product on the market to feature embedded directory capabilities, allowing customers to deploy OpenSSO Enterprise in minutes without ever having to configure or deploy a standalone directory. In addition to the embedded directory, the new centralized server configuration and centralized agent configuration help reduce the time and cost associated with deploying and maintaining a complex Web access management solution.
  • Federation: Sun OpenSSO Enterprise offers a multi-protocol federation hub as well as a lightweight, high-speed federation package called a Fedlet, which provides a new way for service providers to federate with an identity provider in minutes without the need for a standalone federation product or infrastructure. Partner support is included under the identity providers license, so service providers do not have to buy an additional federation license – a hidden cost in many other products.
  • Secure Web Services: OpenSSO Enterprise provides a standardized, repeatable way to secure Web services within an organization. No plug-ins are necessary and developers and integrators can leverage out-of-box tooling by the NetBeans IDE and the GlassFish application server. Sun OpenSSO Enterprise also includes a Security Token Service (STS) that centralizes the process of issuing, validating and translating Web service tokens. Moreover, Sun’s STS — unlike others — can be deployed standalone to support third-party solutions.

Customers interested in purchasing OpenSSO Enterprise have two options — license all product features or federation only. The entry-level pricing for the entire product is a fixed price of $40,000 for less than 25,000 users. The entry-level pricing for federation only is a fixed price of $20,000 (USD) for less than 25,000 users and includes unlimited partner connections.

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