Computer Associates merges eTrust products into unified management suite

Computer Associates International is to join six of its eTrust products into a unified identity and access management suite.

Computer Associates International is to join six of its eTrust products into a unified identity and access management suite.

CA unveiled the first component of the eTrust Identity and Access Management Suite, a new version of eTrust Admin, at the Computer Security Institute (CSI) Conference and Exhibition in Washington DC yesterday and plans updates for five other products for the CA World 2004 show in May 2004, according to Bilhar Mann, vice president of product management at CA.

The new version of eTrust Admin features an updated user interface and more features to help customers tie user provisioning features to other business processes, making it easier for customers to integrate custom functions written in the Java or C programming languages into the provisioning workflow.

Future releases of CA's eTrust Access Control, Audit, Directory, Single Sign-On and Web Access Control products will bring the various Suite components into line, implementing a common user interface across the various products and standardising the product version numbering.

CA's software will require less custom integration than IBM's Tivoli product, said Mann. In some cases, the eTrust Identity and Access Management Suite will even work "out of the box", he claimed.

For customers who want to use part, but not all, of the Suite's components, eTrust Identity and Access Management Suite will work with third-party products and support XML (Extensible Markup Language) standards such as SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language), SPML (Service Provisioning Markup Language) and the Liberty Alliance Project's Federated Network Identity architecture.

CA's decision to integrate its identity and access management products is an effort to tap into a rapidly growing market for identity management products, said Dan Blum, senior vice president and research director at The Burton Group.

CA will charge a per-server monthly fee of $2,800 to license eTrust Admin, in addition to a monthly per-user fee of $1, Mann said. Updated pricing information for the other Suite components will be provided when those components are released in May.

Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service

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