SOURCE: Burton Group

June 07, 2005 11:59 ET

Burton Group Organizes First Multi-Protocol Federated Identity Interoperability Demonstration

Participants Include: BMC, Computer Associates, DataPower, Entrust, HP, IBM, Internet2, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Ping Identity, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, Symlabs, and Trustgenix

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 7, 2005 -- Burton Group, the only IT research firm focused on in-depth analysis of enterprise infrastructure technologies, today announced that it will organize the industry's first multi-protocol federated identity interoperability demonstration to be hosted at its Catalyst Conference North America 2005. The demonstration will take place Wednesday, July 13 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. The event is the first demonstration to prove that multiple federated identity protocols and standards can coexist.

According to Burton Group's research report, "Federating a Distributed World: Asserting the Next-Generation Identity Standards," federated identity management -- the agreements, standards, and technologies that make identity and entitlements portable across autonomous domains -- has become a topic of significant interest in the identity management market. While federation deployments have begun, customer concerns over interoperability could be an obstacle to growth for this important technology. Burton Group is organizing the event both to demonstrate that coexistence is possible and to catalyze progress toward manageable coexistence frameworks.

"Enterprises deploying federated identity are faced with a mix of standards and protocols, including multiple versions of SAML, Liberty Alliance ID-FF, and Shibboleth, plus products that are starting to support the WS-Federation passive profile," says Gerry Gebel, Burton Group senior analyst. "Participants in this event will demonstrate how partners can share identity information regardless of their chosen federated identity product."

Participating companies will demonstrate products that act as protocol hubs, protocol translators, or both, within an automotive supply chain context. Participants include BMC, Computer Associates, DataPower, Entrust, HP, IBM, Internet2, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Ping Identity, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, Symlabs, and Trustgenix.

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