When it rains it pours here at SearchEnterpriseLinux, no? Gracing the homepage today are no less than three pieces of content on identity management (cubed, get it? huh?).
Leading off we have a tip from our site expert James Turnbull on the Higgins Project. The headline says it all folks: it’s all about finding identity management alternatives devoid of Microsoft restrictions. From what I read there’s still work to be done, but it’s a start.
Taking the second and third spots are two Jack Loftus originals. The first is a case study on Research In Motion’s use of a product that manages Linux and Unix server identity in Microsoft Active Directory environments, and the other a news brief from Novell’s massive 5,000 person strong BrainShare conference in Salt Lake City featuring Identity Manager 3.5.
RIM has been using a product from Centrify called DirectControl for the better part of the past year with pretty positive results. I’ve written about Centrify (and its competition in Centeris and Quest Software) before, but this was the first time any of those vendors could provide me with a coveted customer contact. The interview with RIM’s Ian Brown was the second time in as many month’s that I heard about admins using Sun’s NIS for password management.
The Novell piece was more of a straightforward news brief on the updates to Identity Manager 3.5, and how it now synchs up with some of Novell’s other log-in and security tools. It great to see that ID Manager works with so many disparate platforms, like Windows, Linux and AIX, because all this localized administration on Linux and Unix boxes is proving to be quite the SOX/security headache. One more ID management app on the radar screens can only help the situation.
Update: SearchEnterpriseLinux.com’s Unix-to-Linux expert, Ken Milberg, tackles the issue of identity management and Active Directory integration with Unix in this expert question.