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Gluu’s OpenID Connect platform to support multi-party federations

Michael Schwartz October 18, 2012

Leveraging the success of SAML multi-party federations in Higher Education, Gluu has proposed a similar design for OpenID Connect, an important new standard for organizational single sign-on and trust management.

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Austin, TX — Gluu, a leading open source cloud identity provider, today unveiled 
its plan for multi-party federations based on OpenID Connect. Details of the proposed design have been published on the OpenID Wiki. This move reflects Gluu’s developmental roadmap for OpenID Connect, and is also a call to the OpenID developer community en masse for support on this important project.

“Currently, multi-party federations are only achievable via the SAML protocol,“ said Gluu CEO Michael Schwartz. “By designing multi-party federations in OpenID Connect, we are hoping to make it easier for organizations, websites, and applications to provide a simpler cloud identity experience to business people, developers and end users. We need both tools and rules to enable privacy and security on the internet, and this proposed enhancement to the OpenID Connect standard will be an important tool for the Internet community.”

InCommon is a good example of SAML multi-party federations in the higher education sector. When a University joins InCommon, they agree to operating policies, procedures, and schema that allows them to establish single sign-on with resource providers that have also agreed to certain level of privacy and trust. This simplifies the process of establishing trust with multiple entities by eliminating the need to structure individual SSO agreements one by one.  

Gluu’s goal is to make managing trust with clients easier for organizations, and publishing numerous API endpoints easier for resource providers. Much of the conceptualization and design for this has been completed, and Gluu expects to implement multi-party federations in its open source OpenID Connect platform, OX, by the end of 2012. 


About Gluu:
Gluu ( is an Austin, TX startup that provides open source and on demand cloud identity and trust management. Gluu leverages standards such as OpenID Connect, SAML 2.0, and SCIM to make achieving single sign-on (SSO) secure and easy. Deployed quickly on public and private cloud servers, Gluu’s cloud identity platform helps organizations addresses the installation and operational issues of an organizational identity provider at a predictable annual cost.

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Mike Schwartz

Mike has been an entrepreneur and identity specialist for more than two decades. He is the technical and business visionary behind Gluu. Mike is an application security expert and has been a featured speaker at RSA Conference, Gartner Catalyst, Cloud Identity Summity (now "Identiverse") and many other security conferences around the world.

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