Oracle buys Oblix

Von Jack McCarthy

Oracle Corp. announced Monday the acquisition of Oblix Inc., a developer of identity-based security products. Oblix is a leading developer of identity management software that allows Web access control, including SSO (Single Sign On), identity administration, and user provisioning. Oblix also provides security and regulatory compliance solutions, Oracle said in a news release.

Oblix"stechnology complements the identity and access management solutions currently available in Oracle Identity Management and included as part of Oracle Application Server 10g.

"This acquisition will allow Oracle to offer customers a complete solution for securely managing identities; one that is even more flexible, scalable, and integrated and helps customers lower the cost of regulatory compliance," said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies, in a statement. "These capabilities will further enhance Oracle"s market-leading security infrastructure. We are very pleased to be joining with Oblix to provide a new level of security and service to our customers."

"The strength of Oblix"s leading identity management solutions combined with Oracle"s worldwide presence and its extensive software and services business will bring to customers an unprecedented ability to build identity into their software infrastructure and applications," said Gordon Eubanks, president and CEO of Oblix. "This combination represents the future direction of security software."