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Latest Companies Pass SAML 2.0 Interoperability Testing


The Liberty Alliance Project, a global consortium for open federated identity and Web services standards, announced that products from IBM, NEC, NTT and RSA Security passed interoperability testing at Liberty's recent conformance event. These companies successfully demonstrated that their products meet interoperability standards for Liberty Federation and join nearly seventy other identity products and solutions from multiple vendors that have now passed Liberty interoperability testing.

Liberty Alliance holds regular conformance events at varying locations around the world to test products for interoperability of Liberty identity specifications. After participating in a five-day testing event held in Tokyo earlier this month, IBM, NEC, NTT and RSA Security have demonstrated interoperability of products and solutions that incorporate Liberty Federation (Liberty ID-FF 1.2 and/or SAML 2.0) specifications.

"Liberty's Interoperable Program is about creating a global ecosystem of identity solutions that have been proven to work together in an open federated network environment," said Roger Sullivan, chair of the Liberty Alliance conformance program and vice president of business development for Oracle's Identity Management. "Since Liberty launched the program in 2003, identity products that have passed interoperability testing have been deployed extensively in a variety of industries and vertical market segments worldwide."

Liberty Alliance is the only global identity organization with a history of ensuring identity products from multiple vendors truly interoperate. Implementations must interoperate with at least two other vendor implementations through a series of tests designed to exhaustively exercise specification features in a real-world deployment setting. Symlabs and Trustgenix supported the testing by providing their previously validated Liberty Interoperable products and engineering resources.

Interoperability of products is a key factor in deploying and managing successful identity systems. Organizations specifying products that have met Liberty's requirements for interoperability can count on solutions that will deploy quickly and immediately interoperate with other Liberty-enabled identity solutions. This allows organizations to deploy open federated identity systems faster, more cost-effectively and on the widest possible scale.

"Only when identity products from multiple vendors interoperate will organizations be able to realize all of the benefits of wide-scale federation," said Timo Skytta, vice president of the Liberty Alliance. "We welcome products from IBM, NEC, NTT and RSA Security to the growing list of identity solutions that are helping organizations around the world deploy more successful identity solutions."

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