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February 16, 2010

WSO2 launches hosted cloud service for identity management and authentication

Offers users single sign-on access to different cloud applications

By CBR Staff Writer

WSO2, the lean enterprise middleware company, has debuted new hosted cloud service Cloud Identity, which it claims to eliminate complexity of deploying identity management and authentication across multiple SaaS (software as a service) applications as well as internal and traditional systems.

According to WSO2, the Cloud Identity gives administrators a central identity management system while users gain single sign-on access to different cloud applications. Initial cloud application support includes Google Apps, which is available with beta release of Cloud Identity and

WSO2 Cloud Identity is based on the functionality of the open source Identity Server that supports open identity standards. The WSO2 Cloud Identity offering is self-service as it allows each company or organisation to register and configure its own domain, add users and start using the service, the company said.

The company said that the new release includes Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, OpenID and Information card token-based standards. It can issue cards or tokens for identity management, as well as support incoming SAML 2.0, OpenID and CardSpace authentication requests.

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Other features of the cloud identity include, claim-based security token service for mapping user attributes to defined claims; multifactor authentication for OpenID based on the extensible messaging and presence protocol standard; user profiles and profile configuration management component to simplify adding, modifying and deleting user profiles, and profile management; and statistics, reporting and an audit trail, which enable administrators to monitor user accounts and issuances of information cards and tokens for login requests to relying party web applications.

Paul Fremantle, co-founder and CTO of WSO2, said: “SaaS and other applications in the cloud have played a remarkable role in making enterprise-class applications accessible and affordable for small and medium-size businesses. With our WSO2 Cloud Identity, those companies now have an enterprise-class system that offers easy set up and enables a centralised, scalable approach to identity management and authentication across all their applications running in the cloud.”

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