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23 July 2010, 12:32

ForgeRock releases version 9.5 of OpenAM

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OpenAM Logo After more than 18 months of development, Norway-based ForgeRock has announced the availability of version 9.5 of its OpenAM access management product. Discussing the announcement, ForgeRock chief strategy officer and former Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems Simon Phipps said, “This is an important milestone for the OpenAM community”, adding that, “This achievement marks the first fully community-sourced release of OpenAM. We’re very pleased that users of OpenSSO Enterprise 8 can easily and freely migrate to OpenAM 9.5 now that the updates have been made.”

OpenAM 9.5 features fine-grained authorisation based on XACML, a new monitoring framework and enhanced multi-platform support. Other changes include the addition of enterprise single sign-on, and various speed, reliability and performance enhancements. The underlying replication architecture has also received a number of changes, including updates to the federation implementation and use of the OpenDS 2.3 engine in the embedded configuration store.

OpenAM is based on Sun's OpenSSO product which Oracle have apparently abandoned. The open source authentication, authorisation, entitlement and federation product was rescued for the community by ForgeRock in February and renamed OpenAM for trademark reasons. OpenAM is complemented by a range of ForgeRock's other products: OpenESB, OpenIdM and OpenPortal (based on LifeRay).

More details about the release can be found in the official press release and in the release notes. OpenAM 9.5 is available to download from the ForgeRock downloads page.

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