Gartner Research

New Directions in Federation

Published: 05 October 2009

ID: G00203804

Analyst(s): Gerry Gebel


The federation market continues to evolve and mature in interesting ways. In 2009, enterprises are challenged with managing access to an increasing number of applications that are moving off-premises and into the cloud--as well as managing access to the hundreds or thousands of applications still on premises. For users, the experience can be daunting and frustrating. In this report, VP and Service Director Gerry Gebel examines how the federation market is changing to address traditional use cases, enable new scenarios with hosted federation services, and meet consumer demands by incorporating information card and OpenID support.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Growing Demand for Federation
    • The SaaS Factor
    • Collaboration Gone Wild
    • I Want My SSO
  • New Dimensions
  • Unresolved Issues: What About That Glass Ceiling?
  • New Issues
    • More Protocols to Manage
    • User Experience Degradation
    • Return of the Connector Wars: Provisioning to SaaS
    • Managing Point-to-Point Federations
    • Certifying Access of Federated Users
    • Federation Vis-à-Vis the Cloud
  • Market Impact
    • On-Premises Software Form Factors
    • Federation Service Characteristics
    • Open Source Alternatives
    • Sizing Up the Federation Market
    • Standards Scorecard
    • Federation Products Protocol Support
    • Federation Services Protocol Support
    • Open Source Protocol Support
  • Recommendations
    • Technology Has Improved, but Focus on Business Aspects
    • Lots of New Delivery Options
    • Build or Join a Community
    • Don't Federate, Make SSO Happen

The Details

  • Federation Products
    • CA Federation Manager
    • Entrust GetAccess
    • Evidian Web Access Manager
    • IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager
    • Ilex Sign&go
    • Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services
    • Nexus Argus Authentication Server
    • Novell Access Manager
    • OpenIAM Access Manager Enterprise Edition
    • Oracle Identity Federation
    • Ping Identity PingFederate
    • RSA Federated Identity Manager
    • Safewhere*identify
    • Siemens DirX Access
    • Sun OpenSSO
    • Symlabs Federated Identity Suite
    • Ubisecure Ubilogin SSO
  • Federation Services
    • Arcot A-OK Versatile Authentication Service
    • Clavid
    • Cloud Identity
    • Conformity
    • Covisint Trusted Identity Broker
    • Exostar Managed Access Gateway/Enterprise Access Gateway
    • FuGen Solutions
    • Gluu
    • Ping Identity PingConnect
    • ProtectNetwork
    • Signicat ID
    • SSOCircle
    • Symplified SinglePoint
    • TriCipher myOneLogin
  • Open Source Federation Options
    • Feide simpleSAMLphp
    • JBoss Identity
    • Internet2 Shibboleth
    • OpenIAM Access Manager Community Edition
    • Ping Identity SourceID
    • WSO2 Identity Server 2.0
    • ZXID



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