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Oblix NetPoint 6.1 Integrated with SAML

Oblix Delivers Comprehensive SAML Integration to Provide Advanced Identity Management and Web Access Control

Oblix NetPoint 6.1 Enables Seamless User Authentication and Authorization Across Corporate Extranets Via Secure XML-Based Web Services Standard

Cupertino, CA, USA. February 10, 2003.

Oblix, a leading developer of identity-based security solutions, today announced the shipping of the latest version of its identity management and access control solution, Oblix NetPoint 6.1 with comprehensive SAML integration. SAML, Security Assertion Markup Language, is an XML-based security standard for exchanging user authentication and authorization information. By combining SAML with Oblix NetPoint's identity management functionality, not only can companies securely and cost-effectively manage user identity information across corporate boundaries, they can now integrate their security systems as well. Oblix NetPoint's scalability to both internal and external users was one factor in Southwest Airlines' decision to choose Oblix NetPoint as a solution for identity management and Web access control.

"Our customers understand that they can drive costs down while increasing both user satisfaction and security by integrating a scalable identity management solution with industry standards like SAML to exchange user identity information between business partners," said Nand Mulchandani, CTO and co-founder of Oblix, Inc. "Companies are choosing Oblix for our leadership in the identity management market and for our commitment to support emerging Web services standards like SAML."

Oblix NetPoint's integration with SAML gives enterprises the ability to provide its users seamless access to business partners' online resources. For example, a company employee who has entered his or her user name and password into the corporate portal could have access to a Web-based application hosted by a partner's site without being required to enter his or her user credentials again. To achieve this seamless and secure user experience, Oblix NetPoint exchanges SAML assertions between the partners' security systems, in effect forwarding a SAML security assertion that automatically logs the employee into the remote system. Customers have already gained significant advantage from Web single sign-on combined with Oblix's unique identity management system, COREid, especially in large-scale deployments. By supporting SAML in Oblix NetPoint, customers now benefit from even tighter integration across disparate corporate extranets, further reducing the cost of doing business and increasing user satisfaction and productivity.

"Southwest Airlines looked for an identity management system that would allow us to give our Employees, Customers and other business partners access to applications and services online in a secure and scalable manner," said Brian Buege, manager of information systems security, Southwest Airlines. "We are excited about exploring the business benefits of identity management with Oblix NetPoint."

Oblix has consistently focused on building interoperability and support for industry-wide standards into its products, and the incorporation of SAML into Oblix NetPoint furthers this strategy. In addition to its comprehensive SAML support, Oblix NetPoint also supports standards from key organizations, including OASIS, Web Services Interoperability (WS-I), Microsoft .NET and the Liberty Alliance. Because Oblix NetPoint is built to support existing and future standards for authentication and authorization, customers know that Oblix NetPoint will interoperate with their standard of choice.

In addition to expanded SAML support, Oblix NetPoint now includes support for Critical Path InJoin Directory Server and a NetPoint Connector for WebSphere. The NetPoint Connector for WebSphere enables tight integration of Oblix NetPoint's single sign-on and identity management functionality with J2EE applications developed on the IBM WebSphere e-business platform.

For information about Oblix NetPoint, visit or call 1-800-438-0626. Oblix NetPoint is priced at an average price of $15 per user, with enterprise pricing available.

About Oblix Inc.

Oblix Inc. is a leading developer of identity-based security solutions for e-business networks. The company's flagship product, Oblix NetPoint, is an enterprise identity management and Web access solution that provides an identity infrastructure for an entire e-business environment. Based on Web services architecture, Oblix NetPoint includes rich identity management functionality and provides access control with single sign-on to enterprise applications. This combination significantly lowers IT costs for organizations conducting business on the Web. Global corporations such as AT&T Wireless, APL, Banorte, Blockbuster, British Airways, Cemex, Country Companies, Farmers Group, General Motors, Hitachi, i2 Technologies, Intuit, Medtronic, Norsk Hydro, Old Mutual, Stanford University, Telefonica, Tellabs, Wachovia, Xerox and many more rely on Oblix solutions. Oblix investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Apax Partners, Van Wagoner Capital Management, Cisco Systems, Intel 64 Fund, Focus Ventures, Credit Suisse First Boston, JP Morgan, Sumitomo Corporation and Novell, Inc. With offices in North America and Europe, Oblix is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., and can be reached at (408) 861-6800.


Oblix, Inc.
Kim Kline
Oblix, Inc.
Tel: 408.861.6726 Email:


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See general references in "Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)."

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