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Historic Open Source Community for Federated Identity

Open Source WS-Federation Project Gaining Traction

Denver, Colorado, USA. May 25, 2004.

Ping Identity Corporation (, a leading provider of federated identity management solutions and the sponsor of SourceID, the community for open source federated identity projects, today announced a new release of open source WS-Federation code in conjunction with a rising interest in the work of the WS-Federation workshop.

Federated Identity provides companies with standards-based infrastructure for enabling cross-company single sign-on, dynamic user provisioning and identity attribute sharing. Through identity federation, companies are able to extend their security perimeter to trusted partners, thus providing frictionless access to protected resources.

"Feedback, survey results and downloads from our community indicate a rising 4th quarter interest in WS-Federation" said Andre Durand, CEO of Ping Identity Corporation. He went on to add, "WS-Federation provides an important foundation for enabling cross-domain SSO and securing protected resources. We're honored to have an opportunity to participate in the evolution of the specifications and to provide a growing community of developers and integrators with open source and commercial implementations and solutions surrounding the specifications."

"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 Ping Identity 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."

SourceID began as an open source project focused on federated identity in January of 2002. Since that time, it has become widely recognized as the destination for individuals and enterprises wanting to implement the varied protocols and specifications associated with federated identity. With over 4500 downloads to date, SourceID continues to build community around federated identity.

About Ping Identity Corporation

Ping Identity Corporation is a leading provider of federated identity management solutions. As the founding sponsor of SourceID (, the open source community for federated identity (SAML, Liberty Alliance and WS-Federation), and the driving force behind the PingID Network (, the first organization dedicated to solving the legal and business issues surrounding federated identity, Ping provides both technology and business solutions for engaging partners, suppliers and customers in secure identity federation. Ping Identity's investors include General Catalyst, Fidelity Ventures, and Nokia Innovent. Partners and customers include Hewlett-Packard Corporation.

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Eric Norlin
Ping Identity Corporation
Tel: +1 303.468.2870


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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