Sun has demonstrated improved software for deploying a Java Web services identity foundation that supports industry standards such as the Liberty Alliance.
The company unveiled Sun ONE products that form the core of an identity management platform, including Directory Server 5.2, Directory Proxy Server 5.2, Directory Server Resource Kit 5.2, Meta Directory 5.1, Identity Synchronization for Windows 1.0 and Identity Server 6.0, Service Pack 1.0.
The firm promised that it would include support for the Liberty Alliance Identity Web Services Framework and Oasis Web Services Security standards early next year.
According to Sun, these new identity management software offerings can increase efficiency and lower total cost of ownership by consolidating user identities, centralising security functions and delegating user administration across a common infrastructure.
This enables reduction in administrative costs, allows for consistent security policies across networks and provides a consolidated view of customers, employees and supply chain partners.
Features specific to the enhanced Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2 include increased multiple platform support, with the recent addition of support for Solaris on x86; increased scalability with 64-bit cache support; higher availability with 4-way multi-master replication over Wide area networks; support for global deployments; high-performance throughput with a protocol-independent front end that supports both LDAP and DSML; enhanced administration and Sun Cluster 3.0 agent support.
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