Sun has consolidated its identity management products and included technology from its recent Waveset acquisition. It has also signed new partnerships with Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers to deploy the products.

Sun's identity management line, which consisted of eight products after the Waveset purchase in December, has been consolidated to three: an identity manager, an access manager and Directory Server Enterprise Edition.

The consolidated product line marks the "culmination of the Waveset acquisition" and is designed to reduce complexity and costs, said Kevin Cunningham, director of identity management products at Sun.

Sun's Identity Manager technology combines Waveset's Lighthouse user provisioning technology with Sun's metadirectory capabilities. The integration will make it easier for companies to use identity information to gain access to several enterprise applications, Cunningham said.

The new products also provide broader support for standards. Sun's Access Manager supports both Liberty Phase 2 and SAML 1.1. "We feel like they have got a pretty solid strategy in that it uses open standards and uses federated identity management concepts," said David Endicott, VP of technology at Sabre Airline Solutions.

Sabre is using Sun's identity management technology to authenticate users from 54 airlines and provide personalised access to over 20 different applications via its eMergo application service provider portal. "A lot of the things we do from an application perspective use Java. So using Sun's ID server as part of our ASP offering was a natural choice," Endicott said. Sabre will investigate how it can take advantage of the new provisioning capabilities now offered by Sun in Identity Manager, he added.

Sun's integration of Waveset technology and its success in retaining most of Waveset's employees bode well for the company's ambitions in the identity management market, said Earl Perkins, an analyst at Meta Group.