Sun forges new ID with Neogent purchase

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Sun Microsystems will boost its ID management offerings through the acquisition of Neogent — an identity management services automation firm.

Neogent’s deployment auto-mation toolset will dramatically speed up the time it takes for enterprise customers to deploy Sun’s identity management solutions while enabling them to better meet compliance requirements.

“Acquiring Neogent will expand Sun’s resources and talent for architecture and project oversight in the rapidly growing identity business,” said Peter Weber, senior vice president, Services Group, Sun Microsystems.

According to Weber, identity projects which could have taken customers over a year may now be completed in as little as 45 days using Neogent’s deployment methodologies, giving Sun a significant advantage over the competition.

It will also improve Sun’s ability to offer customers fixed-price and packaged identity management solutions that are repeatable and predictable with reduced deployment times as well as enabling the company’s partners to leverage Neogent’s deployment technologies and service expertise.

“Customers and partners will see dramatically increased speed and accuracy in the deployment of identity services on the Solaris OS and other popular operating systems, leading to a faster return on their software investment,” said Weber.

Neogent developed its Velocity Identity Package (VIP) based on its experience with the Sun Java Identity Management Suite of which it is a reseller.

The solution was recently updated and combines user provisioning with identity auditing, bridging the gap between IT security and auditors internally and externally.

“We are proud of our long-time partnership with Sun and are very excited that Sun has chosen Neogent to expand its industry leading identity software capabilities,” said Bruce Douglas, CEO of Neogent.

“Neogent’s VIP toolset is based on repeatable process automation methodologies and is the perfect packaged implementation service to complement Sun’s identity portfolio.”

Sun Microsystems recently launched Sun Java Identity Manager 7.0 and announced an agreement with Accenture to jointly develop identity-enabled service-orientated architecture (SOA) and composite application, as well as to create the Accenture Innovation Centre for Sun Solution which was announced last month.

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