Sun Microsystems, Inc. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Waveset Technologies, Inc., a privately-held company based in Austin,Texas. Waveset’s products are expected to extend the Sun Java Enterprise System capabilities by centralizing and automating the management of entities ranging from employee, customer and partner identities to devices and RFID tags, across and between enterprises, as well as on multiple platforms, including those from HP, IBM, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. Identity management is the foundation for Network Computing and how secure services are enabled, provisioned, managed and delivered, and Sun plans to integrate Waveset’s products with its current Identity Management offering, Java System Network Identity Services.
“Provisioning is an important piece of the identity management puzzle,” said Jamie Lewis, chief executive officer and research chair of Burton Group. “But as a piece of the puzzle, provisioning must work well with directory services, access management, federation, and other identity management infrastructure technologies. Customers want an integrated solution, and with its acquisition of Waveset, Sun is working to address that need.”
Waveset is poised to become an integral part of Sun’s Software organization under the leadership of Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, software. To further accelerate Sun’s success in the identity management effort, Mike Turner, formerly chief executive officer and founder at Waveset, will be leading product efforts under Stephen Pelletier, vice president of Network Identity, Communications and Portal, who reports into Schwartz. Mark McClain, formerly president and founder at Waveset, will be vice president of identity management marketing. Waveset’s software is designed to automate the processes that govern access to enterprise systems and data while greatly reducing the cost and complexity of identity management.