Everything starts somewhere, and this blog is starting for a reason. We at ForgeRock have recently launched our business and have a lot to say – this blog is one of those ways :-)
So I can start off by saying that the purchase of Sun by Oracle took a long time but was finally completed on January 27th. As you will see from www.forgerock.com, ForgeRock has it’s roots in the software side of Sun, with almost all our employees having a background from Sun. Naturally we have been interested to see how the takeover would play out, especially with regards to Sun’s open source strategy. Oracle has made several statements about the direction they will be taking including these webcasts.
One of open source products we are particularly involved in is OpenSSO – a fully-featured, enterprise-class product for authentication, authorization, federation and much more. Oracle has said that OpenSSO will continue as an open source project but that Oracle Access Manager will be their strategic product for web single sign-on, and Oracle Federated Identity Manager for federated single sign-on.
What does the “strategic” product choice mean in practice? Nishant Kaushik (architect for Identity Management products at Oracle) in his blog answers like this:
“Strategic” means that this is the product that we will be innovating and developing new features for.
So according to this Oracle will not be innovating and developing new features for OpenSSO, but still hosting the open source project. This can also be seen on the employee side of Oracle where key players from the OpenSSO team are apparently either no longer working there or have been transferred to other teams.
What is the next step for OpenSSO then?