Component Enhancements and Flexible

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-02-09 Print this article Print

Replication"> Another highlight in R3 is its multilingualism: The release features enhanced internationalization and localization support for 28 languages, including Arabic and Japanese. "Its really geared toward customers that are global," Jasuja said. As far as component enhancements go, Oracle CoreID Access and Identity is picking up advanced password management capabilities in R3.
Its also been seamlessly integrated with Oracle Identity Provisioning and features enhanced integration with PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards, Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP applications.
Oracle Virtual Directory gained updated audit and reporting features, along with scenario wizards for increased ease of use with Oracle CoreID Identity and Access, IBM Tivoli and Microsoft Active Directory. Support for current emerging standards is featured in Oracle CoreID Federation, which picked up support for SAML 2.0, including the X.509 Attribute Sharing Profile, as well as for SAML 1.0 and 1.1. CoreID Federation also now supports Liberty ID-FF 1.1 and 1.2, along with WS-Federation specs and a new bulk federation utility that facilitates account linking. Oracle Internet Directory has been updated with flexible replication topologies, as well as updatable fan-out replication. This pertains to how companies typically set up directories when they have multiple data centers. An organization may have, within two data centers, two separate copies of Oracles Internet Directory, for example. Applications talk to whichever directory product has the highest amount of bandwidth available as the data centers attempt to balance load. The challenge is to keep four directory copies synched so they contain the same information. Fan-out replication is having two masters replicating but also fanning out to local copies set up as another sequence of replication steps. This feature is designed to make sure customers have highly available directory infrastructure across data centers. Read more here about security and compliance features in Oracle Database 10g. Oracle has also done a fair amount of work to support different topologies, Jasuja said, to optimize for customers who have single or multiple copies of the directory in the data center. R3 also features integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager, which gives a single management console through which components can be centrally administered and monitored. Oracle also plans to announce at RSA new Identity Management customers, spanning industries and the globe, such as Bechtel, Avago, iNuntius, MTA Long Island Rail Road and Volkswagen Credit. Bechtel, for example, is using the suite for securing access to employees accessing portals. Orient Overseas Container Line is doing the same for business partners as it manages access to shipping information and container reservation systems, while Volkswagen Credit is doing the same with its customers. Oracle is also expanding its partner programs. It plans to launch the Oracle Security and Identity Management Partner Initiative, which will enable incremental go-to-market activities for select security and identity management partners. Oracle Identity Management 10g Release 3 is scheduled for general availability by the end of fiscal year 2006. Editors Note: This story was updated to clarify the products release date. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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