The Gluu Server Overview
Although it’s free to use open source security software, it still costs money for organizations to design, deploy and support a mission critical authentication and authorization service.
The Gluu Server subscription can help you lower these costs. It is an on-premise, dedicated server solution that uses our Puppet central configuration management infrastructure to quickly deploy the OX stack on a server or VM. With a Gluu Server, your organization can authenticate people as few times as necessary, as securely as possible, and support the unrelenting stream of requirements for new applications and authentication mechanisms.
Now you don’t need specialized security experts on staff. With a subscription to the Gluu Server, you’ll be able to offer application developers and SaaS partners the option to use standard Web authentication API’s such as OAuth2 and SAML or older TCP/IP authentication protocols such as RADIUS and LDAP. The subscription even includes monitoring and reporting, so if your authentication service goes down, we can proactively try to resolve the issue.
At Gluu, we strongly believe that open source software is simply the best software available. This is especially true with regard to security software: the more eyes on the code, the more quickly problems are identified and remediated.
Since we started Gluu, our philosophy has been to use the best available open source software when its available, and to write our own open source software to fill in the cracks where it isn’t. For example, Shibboleth was already the world’s leading SAML implementation, and FreeRadius had been around for more than a decade.
We started the OX project to address two gaps: (1) “oxTrust” provides a web based management GUI to make it easier for organizations (even Gluu!) to manage security; (2) “oxAuth” provides an implementation of an OAuth2 provider that implements OpenID Connect and UMA, two new open standards that we believe will transform the Internet, making it a safer place for businesses and consumers.
Gluu is a service provider. We are like a traditional Internet Service Provider, but one that specializes in offering security services. We categorize our services as follows:
Design – Gluu can be engaged for short, tactical design consulting projects. For long term design projects, we can help make a referral to an integrator in your geographic region with expertise in your industry.
Build – Deploying a robust authentication, authorization service is not easy. Gluu’s Puppet recipe is the fastest way to deploy OX. Through our open source support, we can also help your organization reduce the time to build while adhering to best practices.
Operate – The launch of your organization’s new central authentication service is the first step in a long journey. Gluu’s turnkey managed service provides the support, monitoring, and reporting to deliver a consistent security service year after year. Our premium open source service also provides operational support for OX for organizations who can’t share root credentials to the OX servers.
Transfer – Gluu can help transfer our operate and build know-how to your organization’s internal workforce through training and certifications.
The Secret Sauce…
Gluu uses a proprietary Puppet recipe to build and operate Gluu Servers at scale. Puppet allows us to remotely manage Gluu Servers in a consistent way. We wrote the Gluu recipe to cost effectively deliver a “standardized” enterprise class authentication system for security conscious organizations worldwide. You’d be hard pressed to design a more robust authentication service for your organization, with as many features as the Gluu Server, in less time, for less money. Its a utility approach to computing, on the network of your choice.