Sun IDM Migration Architecture

Sun Identity Manager a.k.a. Oracle Waveset is a software product at the end of its lifecycle. Yet many organizations still operate Sun IDM solution because they haven’t found any reasonable migration path. But now there is a migration path that leads to the most comprehensive open source IDM solution: Evolveum midPoint. In the previous two posts I have described the obstacles and motivation of Sun IDM migration. It is quite clear that major migration obstacles are the cost and the risk. However, we have successfully addressed both of these obstacles. The cost is addressed by the unprecedented deployment efficiency of Evolveum midPoint. Yet it is the risk that is usually the worst issue for any migration of any software system. But due to the flexibility of Evolveum midPoint we have managed to keep migration risk at a very acceptable level. And this post describes the details of our solution. […]

From Waveset to midPoint, Part 1

Back in 2000s the Sun Identity Manager was the king. It was the best IDM product pursuant to Gartner. It had a good market share. And according to my experience it was actually the only practical IDM system on the market. Sun Identity Manager is now dead. It died in 2010 when Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle. Sun IDM was renamed to Oracle Waveset and the development of the product has been immediately stopped. But Sun IDM is a tough one. Even though it was killed 6 years ago it still survives in a creepy half-life form to this day. Oracle obviously tried to migrate all the Sun IDM installations to Oracle Identity Manager. But many customers refused to migrate. We can only speculate about the reasons, although anyone that had any hands-on experience with Oracle IDM will certainly have an opinion about that. Anyway, the future was not entirely bright for those who still maintain Sun IDM installation. But now there is a new hope. […]