Oracle has announced new identity management features for its database and application server products, which will give network administrators the ability to manage user authentication and control access to disparate network resources centrally. The features also work in grid computing environments.
Oracle Identity Management will ship with Oracle's database and application server products and offer web single sign-on, provisioning of network resources and delegated administration, which allows users and managers to assume certain administrative responsibilities, according to John Heimann, director of security product management in Oracle's server platform technology group.
The identity management offering also includes a built-in public key certificate authority and PKI (public key infrastructure) services so that Oracle customers can issue and deploy their own digital certificates for intranet users. That will save organisations the cost of having to rely on public certificate authorities such as VeriSign for non-public-facing services, Heimann said.
The identity management focus comes as companies struggle with management and security issues accompanying efforts to open network resources to remote workers, business partners and customers. Much of that effort comes from managing user login and password changes for multiple network services and applications, Oracle said.
According to a Meta Group study, a company with 10,000 employees can save $648,000 a year by automating password administration.
The identity management features are also well suited to companies deploying grid computing systems that harness computing resources from many low-cost machines, said Mary Ann Davidson, Oracle's chief security officer.
Paul Roberts and James Niccolai write for IDG News Service