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Sun Replaces Single Sign-On, Federation Software

The core components of OpenSSO Enterprise include an embedded directory server that eliminates the need to deploy a standalone directory.
Sun Microsystems on Wednesday launched OpenSSO Enterprise, a single-sign-on product that replaces the Sun Java System Access Manager and Federation Manager.

The latest software is available as an open source or commercial product. The software was built in collaboration with the OpenSSO group, an open source identity management project that built the technology based on Access Manager code contributed by Sun.

The core components of OpenSSO Enterprise include an embedded directory server that eliminates the need to deploy a standalone directory, according to Sun. In addition, the product has a multiprotocol federation hub that provides access to multiple network services through a single user name and password. Finally, the software offers a "standardized, repeatable way to secure Web services within an organization," leveraging the NetBeans integrated development environment and the GlassFish application server, Sun said.

OpenSSO Enterprise, released Tuesday, is available under either of two options. Companies can license all product features or the federation component only. Entry-level pricing for the entire product is a fixed price of $40,000 for fewer than 25,000 users. The federation component only has a starting price of $20,000 for the same number of users. Pricing for more than 25,000 users is on a per-user basis.

The open source version is available under the Common Development and Distribution License, listed by the Open Source Initiative. The OSI reviews and approves licenses as conforming to the Open Source Definition, which defines open source.

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