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HP & Sun Check ID

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) both made announcements this week designed to boost their identity management stories (see Sun Opens Source on SSO and HP Rolls Out ID Mgmt).

With companies increasingly relying on their partners to help run their day-to-day business, more and more people need secure access to corporate IT systems. Using an interface such as a Web portal, identity management software gives users a single password to connect to a variety of back-end IT systems (see Identity Management Heats Up).

Recent months have seen a flurry of activity from vendors such as HP, Sun, and Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) (NYSE: CA), who are all attempting to make inroads in this market (see HP Offers Identity Mgt Trade Up , Sun Migrates Identity Management, and CA Nets Netegrity for $430M).

Sun, following a string of similar announcements in other parts of its product range, is now planning to open the source code for its Website authentication and single sign-on (SSO) technologies. The vendor also plans to release the source code for agents to connect the Website authentication and Web SSO technologies with Java System Web Server and Application Server.

Certainly, this approach has already reaped benefits elsewhere in the Sun empire. The vendor announced earlier this year that it had distributed one million licenses for Solaris 10, just a couple of months after opening up the operating systems source code. Since then, Sun has also unlocked a number of its key Java technologies (see Sun Hits the Source, Sun Distributes 1M Solaris 10 Licenses, and Sun Opens Source on Java).

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