Oblix Inc has built its own identity provisioning software and will shortly start shipping it as an add-on for its COREid access control suite, greatly diluting a two-year old relationship with provisioning firm BMC Software Inc.
COREid Provisioning provides the ability to create, update, and delete user accounts, passwords, and other identity information across enterprise systems from a single set of workflows, the company said.
Director of product management Rick Caccia said the software comes with connectors for about 15 of the most popular enterprise applications, including SAP, PeopleSoft, Exchange and Notes.
The move means Oblix is better prepared to sell to companies that are looking for internal identity management systems, whereas the company has previously seen the extranet space as its core market.
Provisioning has for long been seen as a natural complement to single sign-on, and it was the missing piece of Oblix’s catalog. Rival Netegrity Inc partnered with and then bought Business Layers Inc, while IBM Corp’s Tivoli bought Access360 Corp.
Oblix has been bringing in BMC when users have requested provisioning software. The relationship will still stand, but only when buyers specifically request BMC, which has a more mature product with more application connectors.
Our relationship with BMC was going okay, but it’s become unwieldy to bring in another company with every deal, said Cassia. He said that about half of Oblix’s customers do some kind of provisioning.
The company has been working on the provisioning software, which will be announced alongside COREid 7.0, for about a year, Caccia said. Directory technology has been licensed from OctetString Inc and Microsoft, as a part of the product.
Version 7.0 also has centralized reporting, the firm said, meaning companies will be able to see reports about who has access to what, as well as reports about failed logins, which sometimes indicate an attack, Caccia said.
Enabling this, the OctetString virtual directory software allows multiple LDAP directories, relational databases and text files to be tied together into one data store, allowing administrators to see all identity data in one place.
Also to be announced today is COREsv 4, the latest version of the web services management software that the company acquired when it bought Confluent Software Inc in February this year.
Caccia said the integration with COREid has been completed, so that COREsv can reuse security policies created by COREid, reducing the amount of administrative work needed.