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Oracle Integrating Identity Wares

Oracle plans to have a somewhat-integrated version of acquired identity and access management software available within months.

Oracle Identity Management 10g Release 3, incorporating Oblix identity management, Thor Technologies provisioning tools and OctetString’s virtual directory, should be available around May, or toward the end of Oracle’s fiscal year, said Amit Jasuja, vice president of identity management product development at the database giant. “With this release we’re updating all of the products in a number of ways and there is also a fair amount of integration so they all work together, share some common technologies,” Jasuja told CRN earlier this month.

Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle bought Oblix in March 2005 and made that a core piece of the current Identity Management release available since September. It bought Thor and Octet in November.

The new offering is important for partners because “security is so high on everyone’s priority list now,” said Ron Zapar, president of Re-quest, a Chicago-area Oracle partner. That may be truer now than ever since Oracle has seen its “unbreakable” database under siege of late.

Derek Small, president of Nulli Secundus, a Calgary-based Oracle partner, agreed. “There was some concern that these [acquired] offerings would remain siloed. When they’re integrated we can focus on the solution, not on lower-level integration,” he said. “We’re unique because we’ve done PeopleSoft and Oblix integration for seven years. We kind of saw that opportunity before Oracle did,” he said. Oracle completed its buyouts of PeopleSoft and Oblix last year.

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