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Finishing 2008 with OpenSSO’s Java EE Policy Agents

I mentioned part 1 of ‘Protecting Applications With Jave EE Policy Agents’ at the beginning of this month; this week sees part 2, with Hua Cui joining Sean and Marina to give more detail on how to deploy OpenSSO’s Java EE Policy Agents for single sign-on within a single DNS domain, configuring several sample Java EE Web applications and having OpenSSO provide single sign-on between them.

And, with that, I’m taking a break until 2009. It’s been an amazing year for OpenSSOwe shipped our first Express release in July, and our first fully supported commercial release, OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0, in November. We’ve seen integrations with systems from ActivIdentity 4TRESS to YubiKey (YubiKey was the closest I could get to ‘Z’ 🙂 ) and deployments from ACA/Telenet to Yota. Dang it! Isn’t there anything OpenSSO-related that begins with ‘Z’?

Meanwhile, on the community side, the number of registered project members has risen from about 550 at the start of 2008 to over 900 today, while the monthly traffic on the OpenSSO Users mailing list has gone up from around 200 messages a month to nearly a thousand. Even the IRC channel is buzzing now, with contributors from Minsk to Shanghai talking OpenSSO around the clock. If you haven’t yet dipped your toes in the OpenSSO water, perhaps now’s the time to get started?

links for 2008-12-17

ようこそ、 NRI!

From Japan, news that Nomura Research Institute (NRI), a consulting and IT solution services company spun off from Nomura Securities, are offering support and services for OpenSSO [Japanese press release] [Google translation to English], including OpenID for cross-enterprise authentication.

As well as being a big endorsement for OpenSSO, this event marks its graduation as an open source project – it’s definitely no longer ‘just a Sun thing’.

Welcome, NRI! We look forward to your contributions to OpenSSO!

OpenSSO Tab Sweep – Dec 12 2008

It’s been a while since the last tab sweep – lots of news since then, such as the OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 release, that’s kept me busy both here on the blog and ‘in real life’ (if there is such a thing any more!). Anyway, here are some of the titbits I’ve been saving for a tab sweep blog post:

Well – that wraps things up for this week. Don’t forget to vote for OpenSSO in the SOA World Readers’ Choice Awards!!!

SOA World Readers’ Choice Awards – we NEED your vote

SOAWorld have extended the closing date for votes in their Readers’ Choice Awards until the end of the year – Dec 31st. And IBM DataPower has pulled ahead of Sun Access Manager/OpenSSO, by 540 votes to 345.

So… We NEED your vote… If you haven’t voted already, go now and vote for OpenSSO in the Best Security Solution category. You could also vote for GlassFish in Best App Server and NetBeans in Best IDE, but I’m calling for votes for OpenSSO!!!

PLEASE – go vote now. And tell your friends. Vote, vote, vote!!!

OpenSSO in the Clouds

I just presented OpenSSO in the Clouds [PDF] at the December meeting of AWSome Atlanta, a technology meetup to discuss Amazon EC2, S3 and other cloud technology. John Willis, Michael Coté‘s co-conspirator on the Redmonk IT Management Podcast, invited me to speak here after Daniel and I did a video interview with Coté a couple of months ago. A nice bunch of folks here in Atlanta, pretty technical but very focused on the practical aspects of deployment. I promised I’d post my slides, so here they are.

This is also the point at which I’ll switch off the OpenSSO Amazon EC2 instance I created in preparation for tonight’s event. As I mentioned in my presentation – watch this space for further developments around OpenSSO and the cloud!

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