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Betting on Novell Identity Manager



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January 27, 2006 2:51 pm

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Larry Greenemeier of InformationWeek posted an interesting blog entry on the changing identity management market earlier this week.Aside from bringing up the single versus simplified sign-on discussion (a topic for another day), the article raises some interesting points as companies like Oracle look to establish a foothold in the identity management space and position themselves as players through acquisition. According to InformationWeek, “. . . Oracle’s sponsorship of Tuesday’s event was a strong indication of just how badly that vendor wants to be perceived as a leader in the identity‑management space.”Greenemeier wrote: “At this point, I’m curious as to whether Oracle’s penetration in the database and E-business application markets will give the company a leg up in the identity-management space, or if CA and BMC’s heritage as systems-management providers gives them the edge. What about IBM, Sun, and Novell: Will their experience providing operating systems and directory services position them at the head of the pack? Where will you place your bet?”We know a lot of customers who placed their identity-management bets on Novell. The fact is Novell helped create the identity management market and continues to innovate. For example, we’ve long focused on directory-based identity services. Unlike databases, directories were designed to store and manage identities and give customers a more reliable and scalable model. Simply put, Novell has offered the best directory technology — now known as eDirectory — since 1993.

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