Liberty Alliance Qualifies Eight Vendors

Companies passing the group's interoperability testing are the Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute, Ericsson, Novell, Oracle, Reactivity, Sun Microsystems, Symlabs and Trustgenix.

The Liberty Alliance Project Tuesday announced a list of companies that have passed its Security Assertions Markup Language 2.0 interoperability testing.

Eight companies passed the SAML 2.0 interoperability testing: the Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute, Ericsson, Novell Inc., Oracle Corp., Reactivity, Sun Microsystems Inc., Symlabs Inc. and Trustgenix Inc., Liberty Alliance officials said.

SAML was developed by the Security Services Technical Committee of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), and is an XML-based framework for communicating user authentication, entitlements and attribute information.

The Liberty Alliance, a consortium that promotes open federated identity standards and identity-based Web services, said products from the eight companies passed interoperability tests that incorporated Libertys Identity Web Services 1.1 and SAML 2.0 OASIS Standard specifications.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.s (IEEE) Industry Standards and Technology Organization sponsored the testing at the IEEE operations center in Piscataway, N.J. The tests were conducted during the last week of July.

"We congratulate the first companies passing Libertys SAML 2.0 interoperability testing and welcome them to the continuously growing list of organizations that have demonstrated multi-vendor interoperability of Liberty-enabled products," said Donal OShea, executive director, Liberty Alliance," said in a statement.

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"Its all about the reality of products that work together in actual deployments," said Earl Perkins, vice president, Gartner Inc., said in a statement "Formal testing programs that prove products from different vendors can work together with a new standard are important. Vendors that pass the tests are showing due diligence in meeting industry requirements for interoperability, and products that use OASIS interoperability standard SAML 2.0 are fulfilling one of those key requirements."

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