ForgeRock aim to bring open source stack concept to IAM

Opinion by Dan Raywood

With 'a new approach to identity management', the UK recently saw the launch of ForgeRock.

With 'a new approach to identity management', the UK recently saw the launch of ForgeRock.

Speaking to vice president of marketing Daniel Raskin, he told me that its product is 'the only fully supported open source identity management solution for supporting legacy, enterprise and next generation mobile and social application development'.

The company was created by former employees of Sun Microsystem's identity management division, who chose to leave after the acquisition by Oracle in 2010.

The 'mission' of ForgeRock is to offer an open source identity management product with openness for all identity services which is dedicated to democratising identity management across the enterprise, social, mobile and cloud.

Raskin told SC Magazine that the open source-developed product, which utilises open development of single sign-on (SSO) and identity and access management (IAM) offers 'a highly developed technology'.

The concept is around an open identity stack API that allows interaction with all of the ForgeRock open stack identity services, including access controls, provisioning, directory services and more.

He said: “Our open stack is not only for identity and access management, but it is one piece as we feel we are different from other vendors with what we are doing. We are looking at enabling identity for users, we looked at scale there is nothing there.

“With the open identity stack we are looking to simplify identity and we found that it is overly complex; look at other vendors and they have added complexity through acquisitions and that is passed on to the user who has to integrate. With the unified stack, we do it at scale.”

Raskin said that this was a big passion for him and its work with its user base determined that this was what the audience wanted too. “We don't want to have six or seven technologies to manage as it doesn't make sense for us, we would struggle to do that for the customer,” he said.

“Other vendors are making mistakes and that is why users are not going for legacy vendor technologies.”

Earlier this year I attended the Gartner identity and access management summit in London, and at the start of the event, a show of hands was asked for from those who were not happy with their IAM deployment – the response was large.

I asked Raskin if responses such as this were a bearing on its development, he said that while he was not at that event he could understand frustrations over heavyweight technologies that did not perform as expected.

What we are seeing in the IAM sector is more connection with Microsoft Active Directory and cloud-based identity, particularly in the Software-as-a-Service. This approach towards to open source and a single stack may be welcomed by those dissatisfied users.


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