Hewlett-Packard is to acquire federated identity management specialist Trustgenix.
Trustgenix technology allows users to authenticate their identity to access accounts on multiple sites, and HP will use the Trustgenix software to extend the systems management abilities of its HP OpenView enterprise platform, said the company.
Identity management is an increasingly important issue, and major suppliers have responded with a series of product launches and acquisitions of specialist firms. CA last month launched CA Identity Manager using technology acquired from its purchase of Netegrity.
CA Identity Manager is designed to unify identity management across the enterprise, at the same streamlining and simplifying the administration of internal and external users and their IT entitlements.
Federated identity management, which see companies opening up their networks and websites to external users with single sign-ons, is also an area that Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have decided to work on jointly.
“Identity federation appeals strongly to companies in the telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing and government industries,” said Todd DeLaughter, HP OpenView general manager.
HP is aiming to complete the Trustgenix acquisition by the end of the year. The value of the acquisition has not been disclosed.
HP recently announced plans to acquire storage management company AppIQ, and IT asset monitoring company Peregrine Systems.