Oracle Press Release

Oracle® Strengthens Security Offerings with Acquisitions of Thor Technologies and OctetString

Creates Best-in-Class Suite for Identity and Access Management

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.,   November 16, 2005 04:00 AM

News Facts

Oracle today announced additions to its best-in-class identity management suite designed to meet the diverse needs of organizations across all industries. With the acquisition of Thor Technologies, a leading provider of cross- platform provisioning solutions and OctetString, a leading provider of virtual directory software, Oracle has significantly strengthened its portfolio of industry-leading identity and access management products.

"Oracle is investing heavily in rapidly growing our heterogeneous, identity management product portfolio due to its criticality to our customers," said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware. "With the acquisition of Thor Technologies and OctetString, Oracle is poised to deliver the industry's strongest and most robust suite of standards-based identity management technologies."

Serving as the security backbone for Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Identity Management provides organizations with a suite of best-in-class, standards-based identity management technologies. Combining Oracle's existing solutions with those from Thor Technologies and OctetString, the suite includes industry-leading offerings for access control, identity administration, identity federation, user provisioning, directory services, and Web services management. As part of Oracle's identity management strategy, these incremental solutions will, over time, be integrated into the company's application infrastructure resulting in reduced administration costs, accelerated deployment cycles and improved overall security for customers.

"Oracle's acquisition of Thor and OctetString is a good move," said Mike Neuenschwander, vice president and research director, Burton Group. "These acquisitions coupled with Oracle's unique application top down approach to Identity Management will send ripples through the industry."

Enhanced Provisioning

Provisioning, a critical component of identity management, is among the top security solutions being deployed today. Oracle Xellerate Identity Provisioning (formerly Thor Xellerate) allows organizations to manage user-access rights and privileges throughout the provisioning lifecycle and across diverse IT environments, including platforms, systems, applications and physical assets. Benefits of Oracle Xellerate include increased security, enhanced regulatory compliance, streamlined operations, improved business responsiveness and reduced costs.

Expanded Directory Capabilities

Enterprises are increasingly taking a virtual approach to consolidating user identity information, regardless of where it resides. Virtual directory technology allows for multi-directory consolidation, password integration across directories, directory proxy capabilities´┐Żall factors that help accelerate identity management as well as other application deployments. It also delivers increased "hot-pluggable" capabilities for Oracle applications so they can leverage existing enterprise databases and directories for their identity data. Oracle Virtual Directory (formerly OctetString Virtual Directory Engine) enables organizations to connect applications to multiple sources of user identities within the enterprise quickly and easily.


Oracle Xellerate Identity Provisioning and Oracle Virtual Directory will be available from Oracle by the end of the year. For more information about Oracle Identity Management, visit

Terms of the transactions are not being disclosed.

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