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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-07-08 Print this article Print

Meanwhile IBM will integrate WS-Federation into its WebSphere and Tivoli product lines, Norsworthy said. In addition to the new specification, Microsoft and IBM will be demonstrating the specifications capabilities by showing two systems exchanging federated identity information across each distinct system. The example is an automotive system that involves a car dealer, an auto manufacturer and a parts dealer, Norsworthy said.
WS-Federation "is the piece that really enables you to see how what we set up with Trust and what we set up with Web Services Security and with the security part of Policy can all work together to allow customers to configure solutions that really allow them to have unlike security systems and have them interoperate," Norsworthy said.
Added VanRoekel: "This is kind of a hallmark in that its a real burden that affects businesses in trying to really enable Web services to work outside the corporate boundaries is that this user information, identity information, wasnt really exchangeable in any sort of good way. So getting the real vision of Web services and heterogeneous computing, where you can have different disparate systems talking to each other… You really cant enable the advanced scenarios unless you have this technology. So I think weve reached a pretty major milestone here in delivering it."

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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