Sun ONE Has ID Management Advantage

Upgraded identity server enlists Liberty Alliance spec and SAML for market-leading authentication.

Sun Microsystems Inc.s Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 is the first commercial product to include support for the new Liberty Alliance specification for ID management, meaning that the server may have a leg up on the competition when it comes to integrating Web services and partner authentication with a companys internal access control and ID authentication systems.

But although the Liberty Alliance support is interesting, eWEEK Labs found the real value of Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) Identity Server 6.0, which was released last month, is in its excellent and extensive Web access control and single-sign-on capabilities. In addition to the Liberty Alliance support—which is no surprise, given that Sun is a driving force behind the specification—Identity Server also includes support for SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language), broad XML support and strong Java capabilities, making it possible to integrate its authentication capabilities with almost anything.

Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 is also priced competitively, at $10 per user, with high-volume discounts.

Like all Sun ONE servers, Identity Server leverages the solid legacy of Netscape Communications Corp. and iPlanet servers, which shows strongly in Identity Servers complete, powerful and intuitive browser-based administration interface. This interface makes Identity Server one of the most manageable and configurable access control applications weve seen. In tests, it proved to be much more intuitive than competing products such as those from Netegrity Inc. and Oblix Inc.