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Subject: SOA Software XML VPN Validated for IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager


SOA Software XML VPN Validated for IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager

XML VPN Version 4.3 and IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Together Provide a Complete Federated Web Service Security Solution for Partner Communications

SANTA MONICA, Calif.€ August 15, 2005€SOA Software, the leading provider of comprehensive SOA and Web services management, security and governance solutions, today announced that IBM has validated SOA Software's XML VPN product as WS-Trust "Ready for IBM Tivoli Software." The combined solution provided by the SOA Software XML VPN and IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager allows customers to easily exchange secure B2B transactions sharing end-user identities in a trusted manner. 

This validation is the result of SOA Software's work to use the WS-Trust standard to integrate with IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM) to allow businesses to share customer-centric applications.

Real-world customer applications of federated identity - SOA Software has worked with IBM to achieve this validation in response to requests from existing and prospective customers for end-to-end federated authentication, authorization and auditing for partner Web services.

Cross partner single-sign-on for Web services - The primary business value is the ability to provide inter-partner trusted single-sign-on for Web services applications.  This means that a customer can register third-party identifiers with a trusted party (their bank, or other financial services provider, for example), and can then use these identifiers to request services directly from the places they conduct business.

Deeper IBM Business Partnership - This announcement is another step in SOA Software's continually strengthening relationship with IBM.  SOA Software is the first external software vendor that IBM announced as part of its IBM Global Services SOA Management practice, and is a partner in the SOA Websphere partner program. SOA Software's products are now Ready-for-Tivoli certified for Tivoli Access Manager, Tivoli Federated Identity Manager and Tivoli Enterprise Console.

Standards-based integration - The integration between TFIM and SOA Software's XML VPN represents an interesting industry trend.  Because TFIM exposes standard Web services interfaces (WS-Trust), this integration does not involve any proprietary Application Program Interface's or programming of any kind.  This makes it much easier for TFIM to integrate with other policy enforcement products and much easier for SOA Software to integrate with other policy definition engines.

"This validation is important for our customers because it gives them the confidence to know that SOA Software's solutions will interoperate and integrate with any major security infrastructure they may have," said Roberto Medrano, executive vice president of SOA Software.  "Integration with TFIM offers a unique solution making it easier and less expensive for business partners to securely integrate customer-centric applications."

The combination of SOA Software's XML VPN and IBM's TFIM provides simple management of federated identities in a trusted model.  For example, a user of a portal at one company can log on using an identifier specific to the portal.  This portal can then invoke services from business part portals that are able to map the original log on identifier to their own internal identifier using TFIM to trust the originating company to authenticate the user.  This essentially provides powerful trust enabled single-sign-on for users between integrated applications at different companies.

Availability and Pricing
SOA Software's XML VPN is available today as software and an appliance.  Software starts at $5,000 per CPU.  Appliances start from $50,000.

About SOA Software
SOA Software, formerly Digital Evolution, is the leading provider of comprehensive enterprise-class SOA security, management and governance solutions.  SOA Software's products include the award-winning Service Manager, Registry and XML VPN.  The Service Manager(tm) secures, monitors and manages XML and Web services, and was awarded the 2004 Gold Product of the Year Award for Web Services Management from SearchWebServices.com.  The XML VPN makes it easy for companies to securely publish Web services for their partners to consume.  It ensures the usability, security and reliability of Web services allowing partners to create new business models.  SOA Software's UDDIv3 compliant Registry is the first product to integrate service discovery with policy and performance management.  These products combine to create the only complete SOA Fabric solution available today.  SOA Software is a privately held company backed by leading investors including Redpoint, Mellon Ventures, Palisades Ventures Fund and Paladin Capital Group. For more information, please visit www.soa.com 

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