Microsoft Throws Hat Into ID Management Ring
Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 allows Active Directory to communicate with other LDAP-enabled directories.Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday plans to announce its new Identity Integration Server 2003, a stand-alone identity management server meant for large enterprise deployments. The new offering is Microsofts first real jump into the ID management market and comes at a time when a gaggle of vendors are all fighting for sales and name recognition in the emerging space. The key feature of MIIS will be its ability to allow Active Directory to communicate with other LDAP-enabled directories, such as Sun Microsystems Inc.s Sun ONE Identity Server and Novell Inc.s eDirectory. MIIS is essentially a major overhaul of what was previously known as Microsoft MetaDirectory Services and will use Microsofts own SQL Server as the database for user information. Until now, Microsoft has relied on the prevalence of Windows to drive support for Active Directory and has shown little interest in tying into other vendors directories. But customer demand for interoperability between directories has given rise to the need for MIIS.
Like most other ID management solutions, MIIS is expected to give administrators a single point from which to manage all of their users identity information and a way to quickly push changes to a wide variety of applications. Microsoft may also include a version of its TrustBridge technology, which was introduced last year as a way for companies using Active Directory to exchange user identity data.