Gartner Research

Identity Bridges: Uniting Users and Applications Across the Hybrid Cloud

Published: 07 May 2012

ID: G00229282

Analyst(s): Mark Diodati


In this document, Gartner discusses the emerging concept of the identity bridge and its continuing evolution. The identity bridge is an on-premises appliance to connect users, applications, and identity management across local and software as a service (SaaS) environments. In addition, Gartner samples 11 identity bridge products, illustrating their ability to connect identities across the cloud. For most enterprises, the identity bridge is an essential tool for a hybrid cloud architecture.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • The Evolution of the Identity Bridge
    • Stand-Alone vs. Tightly Coupled
    • Multiservice Bridges
    • Super Bridges
  • Identity Bridge Capabilities
    • Caching
    • Automation
    • Transformation
  • Identity Bridge Services
    • Directory Synchronization
    • Externalized Authorization Management
    • Federation IDP
    • Federation SP
    • JIT Provisioning
    • MDM
    • Password Vaulting
    • Traditional Provisioning
    • WAM
  • Identity Bridge Examples
    • CA CloudMinder Gateway
    • Centrify Cloud Proxy Server
    • F5 Big-IP APM
    • Identropy SCUID ICE
    • Okta AD Agent and IWA Web Application
    • Ping Identity PingFederate
    • Radiant Logic RadiantOne VDS+CFS
    • Symantec O3 Gateway
    • Symplified Identity Router
    • UnboundID Synchronization Server
    • WSO2 Identity Server
  • Pick a Good Location
  • Be Strong
  • Use PAM
  • Track Future Developments

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