The third day at MySQL Conference was a lot of fun. We did a presentation on how to integrate MySQL into Enterprise Identity Management Framework. We talked about several of the following ways Sun Microsystems does this. We discussed the role of Virtual Directories as ways to access attributes within LDAP and MySQL applications to create a single authentication point. This could be used as organizations try to integrate applications within a merger or acquistion, for organizations attempting to Federate with partners, etc. Additionally, we talked about the role of LDAP to MYSQL within the new release of MySQL Cluster 7.0. It is now possible with OpenDS to store data within a clustered database to combine the best of LDAP and Transactional Clustered databases.
Additionally, we talked about the new adapter that the OpenSSO team is creating that will allow customers to use MySQL as a user repository. The Agent that the team is creating is on their roadmap for July release later this year. We talked also about the increasing need for webservices security inside companies and capabilities of OpenSSO to help organizations provided that added security.
Lastly, we talked about Identity Manager and Role Manager and the ability for Identity Manager to connect to MySQL and thus allow organizations to provision users into applications built on MySQL. Also, in Role Manager MySQL can be used as a datawarehouse for role mining and reporting.
Here are the slides.
Additionally, Felix Gaethens from Kuppinger Cole wrote an interesting article comparing the Oracle and Sun Identity Management offerings. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on their analysis. It is as Felix says in the article and interesting mental exercise.