New identity management offering from Quest

Lora Deeds of Quest has let me know that Quest has launched a new IdM offering called Quest One Identity Solution. This appears to pull together several offerings into one package.

Quest is using an interesting term that I am seeing more often now: “Identity Consolidation” or as it’s sometimes referred to: “Directory Consolidation”. The notion here is that instead of using a meta-directory style of synchronizing accounts like most provisioning systems do, you instead configure the disparate systems to use a central identity service, which you then manage.

Jackson Shaw of Quest is the go-to-guy in the area, having been with both Vintela and Zoomit.

This will make a lot of sense in many cases. It’s usually better to consolidate identities than to synchronize them. Of course in many cases there are systems that just can’t be consolidated and a meta-directory approach is needed. If I understand Quest’s strategy here, it’s to leverage Active Roles Server and its integration with Microsoft ILM to handle cases where identities can’t be consolidated.

Of course this strategy puts AD right into the center of the authentication universe, which will drive many in the identity comunity into a fit. But for a lot of enterprises, that’s where they are going anyway.

It will be very interesting to see where this goes.


One response to “New identity management offering from Quest

  1. Hi Jeff,
    I wanted to let you know about Quest Connect 2008 – Quest’s first 24- hour global virtual event. This event will be localized in eight languages and will include webcasts, demos and discussions with experts.

    Jackson will be hosting the webcast “Shouldn’t Single Sign-on be Child’s Play?” at 5:00 p.m. ET
    Hopefully you can attend to learn more about Quest and hot topics in the industry!


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