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Oblix Demonstrates Support for WS-Federation

Oblix Teams with Microsoft to Deliver Support for WS-Federation

Oblix Supports Broad Range of Standards for Identity Federation

Cupertino, California, USA. May 25, 2004.

[See the Update from 2007-03-21]

Oblix, the leading developer of identity-based security solutions, today announced its planned support for WS-Federation, an industry standard that enables companies to extend their internal systems to customers, partners, and suppliers. Oblix, which is participating in a WS-Federation interoperability demonstration at Microsoft's TechEd Conference this week, will support WS-Federation after the specification is approved or adopted by the industry.

Oblix enables its customers to leverage a broad range of standards to enable identity federation with business partners, thus increasing the security and privacy of inter-enterprise interactions. Oblix SHAREid, the market's first stand-alone federated identity solution, enables companies to connect partners and customers to important systems via Web single sign-on (SSO) securely, quickly, and easily. SHAREid was built specifically to lower the barriers to identity federation, so support for industry standard protocols such as WS-Federation is a key factor in product development. Designed for easy and broad distribution to partners and customers, SHAREid is a self-contained server that integrates with existing portal environments and can be brought into production within minutes.

"Customers are looking for ways to easily extend their network identity management to strategic partners in a Web-services environment. We're very pleased to be working with Oblix to develop and promote an interoperable federated identity management solution based on Web Services architecture," said Andy Lees, corporate vice president, Server and Tools Business Group, Microsoft Corp. "This solution offers our customers a tremendous opportunity to improve operational efficiency, strengthen IT security, and reduce costs for enabling business-to-business commerce."

"Oblix is committed to proven interoperability with the standards our customers demand as they reach out to their extended network of trusted partners," said Prakash Ramamurthy, Vice President of Products and Technology, Oblix. "WS-Federation is an important building block in the creation of truly secure, efficient e-Business across enterprises with Oblix SHAREid."

Also at Microsoft TechEd, Oblix product architect Robin Martherus will be participating in the panel "Federating Web Services: Converging on Interoperable Implementations" on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 12:15pm in Room 6B.

About Oblix

Oblix Inc. is a leading developer of identity-based security solutions for managing business in a connected world. Based on a service-oriented architecture, Oblix solutions include rich Identity Management functionality and provide access control with single sign-on to enterprise applications. By giving companies a central means to securely connect users to applications, and applications to each other, inside and across corporate boundaries, Oblix eliminates the cost, complexity, and risk of sharing user identities with business partners. Oblix provides an enterprise wide security architecture that enables companies to separate identity from applications for lower costs and administration effort, and federate external applications and users for enhanced compliance and security.

Global corporations such as American Airlines, AXA Financial, British Airways, Carlson Companies, CEMEX, the Chicago Board of Trade, Country Companies, Farmers Group, General Motors, Hitachi, Kaiser Permanente, Medtronic, Norsk Hydro, Northern Trust, Old Mutual, Southwest Airlines, Stanford University, Tellabs, US Bank, the United States Postal Service, Wachovia, Washington Mutual, and many more rely on Oblix solutions. Oblix investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Apax Partners, General Motors, Van Wagoner Capital Management, Cisco Systems, Intel 64 Fund, Focus Ventures, Credit Suisse First Boston, and JP Morgan. With offices in North America and Europe, Oblix is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., and can be reached at +1 (408) 861-6800.

Update 2007-03-21: On March 19, 2007 OASIS acknowledged receipt of a draft TC charter proposal to create a Web Services Federation (WSFED) Technical Committee. The TC would accept as input the WS-Federation specification (Version 1.1) published by BEA Systems, BMC Software, CA, IBM, Layer 7 Technologies, Microsoft, Novell, and VeriSign. The revised WS-Federation specification Version 1.2 would extend basic federation capabilities enabled by WS-Security, WS-SecureConversation, WS-Trust, and WS-SecurityPolicy. Representatives from twenty-three companies provided statements of support for the charter proposal. See: "Proposed Charter: OASIS Web Services Federation (WSFED) Technical Committee."


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details and related references in the 2004-05-26 news story: "Industry Shows Heightened Interest in Federated Identity-Based Web Services."

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