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14 February 2011, 09:37

ForgeRock expands on first anniversary

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Open source identity start-up ForgeRock is celebrating its first year of operations and has announced that fellow identity start-up ApexIdentity will be joining it. ApexIdentity's CEO and, previously, Director of Engineering at Sun, Jamie Nelson, and CTO and, previously, Chief Identity Services Architect at Sun, Paul Bryan, will be joining the ForgeRock team. They bring their experience of OAuth 2.0 to ForgeRock's OpenAM project and will contribute code developed at ApexIdentity to the project. They will also be part of the team responsible for ForgeRock's i3 platform.

ForgeRock was created when Oracle discontinued OpenSSO Express along with the other identity products acquired during the purchase of Sun Microsystems. In May 2010, ForgeRock announced that Sun's former Chief Open Source Officer, Simon Phipps, was joining the company to head up it's strategy plans. Since then it has grown to 35 employees and is incorporated in the US, UK, France and Norway. It has worked to secure the availability and development of OpenAM, a federated access manager and OpenDJ, an LDAP Server, while at the same time launching it's own open source project, OpenIDM, an identity provisioning system. The company has been self-funded and says it has had a global turnover of two million dollars during its first year.


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