Oblix NetPoint 5

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2001-12-17 Print this article Print

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Oblix NetPoints comprehensive approach to access control provides a complete and detailed system for authenticating users and managing access to Web-based resources. However, the Oblix products high level of complexity may discourage administrators with simpler access control needs.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Before Oblix NetPoint can be fully implemented, administrators must have a detailed understanding of their Web resources and how they want to control access to them.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Oblix NetPoints excellent capabilities, plus its strong support for XML, will make it a good system for integration with Web services and business-to-business systems.

PROS: Very good single-sign-on features; excellent identity features for managing user rights and roles.

CONS: Steep initial learning curve; multiple modules add to administrator work.

Oblix Inc., Cupertino, Calif.; (800) 438-0626; www.oblix.com

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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