Oracle has acquired identity management company Oblix to bolster its own web identity product suite.
Oblix sells identity management software that delivers web access control, including single sign-on, identity administration and user provisioning. The company also provides security and regulatory compliance solutions.
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Oracle said Oblix's technology complements the identity and access management solutions currently available in Oracle Identity Management and included as part of Oracle Application Server 10g.
Phil Schacter, an analyst at Burton Group, said, "This acquisition is a positive move by Oracle and a natural step for Oblix given the new realities of the identity management market.
"The new combined product set will provide an integrated identity and access management solution for Oracle customers."
Oracle’s move comes after BMC Software's acquisition of identity management company OpenNetwork.
Analyst Gartner predicted further consolidation in the identity management market as larger companies like Oracle sought to bolster their identity management product suites to support customers’ expanding web services.
Oblix customers include American Airlines, British Airways, Cisco Systems, General Motors, Hitachi, Ingersoll-Rand and the US Postal Service.