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Novell rolls cloud-security service

The cloud lifts Tuesday on Novell's Cloud Security Service, which is software designed so that hosting and cloud-service providers can offer authentication, authorization, provisioning and de-provisioning services to their enterprise customers...Novell has been at work on the cloud-security project, which makes use of open protocols such as SAML, for over a year...

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Windows Azure Gains Single Sign-On Support

Microsoft has announced that the August preview release of a component of its Windows Azure AppFabric cloud computing platform adds support for federated identity and single sign-on...The ACS update should be good news for developers and service providers working on applications meant to run on Windows Azure and Windows Server as it also enables access control as a service for federating identities...[The] ACS update provides Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 1.1 and 2 support, as well as support for the OAuth WRAP, WS-Trust, and WS-Federation protocols...

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Symplified Offers Single Sign-On for the Cloud

Directory services may be old news, but they still represent an important part of the IT infrastructure. The question for many organizations is how to take an existing directory that grew up around locally served applications and services such as file and print, and use it with cloud-based services such as Google and Too often, the answer is to avoid integration between local identities and the cloud. That choice, convenient as it may be in the short run, is likely to blow up in one's face someday.

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Charter sends up trial balloon on TV Everywhere

Charter Communications, the nation's fourth-largest cable operator, is testing the TV Everywhere waters with last week's trial launch...Content-wise, Graham Williams, Charter's director of product management, said the cable operator is working with TNT and TBS, as well as Style, E!, G4 and The Weather Channel. On the back end, Charter has again teamed up with Synacor for authentication of the TV Everywhere service, which entails each user logging in via their Charter e-mail address and a password.

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Exostar Deploys Its Enterprise Access Gateway Solution for BAE Systems

Exostar today announced BAE Systems as the first customer to use the Enterprise Access Gateway (EAG) in a production environment. EAG is a feature of Exostar’s cloud-based Managed Access Gateway (MAG) external identity federation solution. Companies like BAE Systems increasingly require secure access to information hosted in other organizations’ applications to conduct business effectively. EAG and MAG transparently deliver this capability for end-users by enabling single sign-on across organizations with mutual trust.

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