Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Deployment Planning Guide

Using Identity as a Service

OpenSSO Enterprise enables you to use Identity as a Service in your environment. Identity as a Service is a set of reusable, standardized services that provide applications with identity management. Typically based on the service-oriented architecture (SOA), Identity as a Service is system of discrete functional components of identity management. It is derived from the traditional set of functionally overlapping applications such as authentication, authorization, work flow, policy management, attribute management, provisioning, and password management.

The Identity As A Service environment contains these simplified services and makes them openly available to systems and applications. The services exist independently of one another, but together comprise a foundation of identity services upon which the overall IT environment relies. The primary advantage of Identity as a Service model is that the components can work in an independent fashion, or can be coupled together in the manner of an Enterprise Service Bus. Examples of Identity As a Service include:

Simplifying Deployment and System Administration

Identity As a Service provides both IT and business benefits to enterprises. The IT benefits include:

Business benefits of Identity as a Service include: