Gluu was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing an easier way to build and manage an organizational authentication, authorization, and federation service.
When we started Gluu, we felt access management tools were too expensive for many organizations. There are millions of domains on the Internet. Access management software like Siteminder had a small impact because only the Fortune 500 could afford it. Open source software was part of the solution. The other part was to provide a cost effective mechanism to enable organizations to support the open source software, so they could build and operate a mission critical IT service.
With this in mind, and 2 years of development later, the Gluu Server utility service was introduced to underserved US universities. Leveraging an affiliation with InCommon, and shibboleth for SAML based SSO, higher education provided our first customers and validated our utility approach to identity and access management.
In 2010, we were approached by an MIT affiliated organization to build an advanced identity system that supported OAuth 2.0. This led us to OpenID Connect. But as we looked for an open source solution for OpenID Connect that could function similar to Shibboleth for SAML, we found nothing available that could meet our needs. We decided to write the code for an OpenID Connect Provider and included it the open source OX Project.
Now, as the SAML market matures, we see OAuth2 and OpenID Connect as the future of authentication on the web, and OX is the best open source server available. As the standard is released in the upcoming months, we look forward to helping organizations of all sizes support OpenID Connect with enterprise grade, open source software.
Gluu has both a social and a business mission. These missions need not be at odds. In fact they are symbiotic. The business vision of Gluu is quite simple: offer a utility service to help organizations control access to valuable online resources. Our social mission is to make the Internet a safer place for people and businesses by writing great open source software.
In addition to making all of our IAM software open source, Gluu is a trusted member of the education community and provides discounted products and services to non-profit educational institutions to help further access to educational resources for people everywhere.