Burton Group is going to demonstrate the first multi-protocol federal identity system to prove that multiple federated identity protocols and standards can coexist at its Catalyst Conference North America 2005 on July 13, in San Diego.
"Enterprises deploying federated identity are faced with a mix of standards and protocols, including multiple versions of SAML, Liberty Alliance ID-FF, and Shibboleth, plus products that are starting to support the WS-Federation passive profile," said Gerry Gebel, Burton Group senior analyst. "Participants in this event will demonstrate how partners can share identity information regardless of their chosen federated identity product."
Participants will include BMC, Computer Associates, DataPower, Entrust, HP, IBM, Internet2, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Ping Identity, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, Symlabs, and Trustgenix.
While is has been around for years, Federated identity is now all the rage in the identity management market (not to mention the Infocard hype) with latest offerings from tech powers IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft to include it.
In a nutshell, federation means individuals or machines can use passwords and other credentials to sign on to the networks of more than one enterprise in order to conduct transactions.
If the demonstration impresses, it will be a great second act to the venerable insight Burton Group provided at the last DIDW in San Francisco.