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Hello from Dublin, I'm nearly at the end of a very long week for Vordel Company kick-off, but I wanted to take the time get the new blog headed in the right direction. I know that my blogging activity tailed off over the last few months, but one of my 2011 New Year's resolutions is to blog once a week - and lose 15 lbs. Not surprisingly, my first post of the new year is on Vordel's integration with Oracle Entitlements Server. Mark O'Neill, the Vordel CTO, has posted a video demo of the integration. It follows the same basic use case as the Oracle Entitlements Server-Oracle Web Services Manager integration that I did last year, except through the magic of the gateway, its protecting a REST service. A little background on this integration. This was an integration that the A-Team helped Vordel with a while back. What's really nice about it is that it uses the Java SM. Th... (more)

How to Securely Integrate Web Services in an Enterprise Environment

I spent the bulk of today updating the technical sales presentations for some upcoming training that we're giving in Boston. While brainstorming about the key messages to deliver to customers, I came across this cartoon. It's admittedly a little silly, but I really like the core concept of the story. The idea is that the quality of the XML Gateway solution is not strictly about speeds and feeds, but the ability of the product to work across teams to deliver real value. This is not some slight of hand - look over here at this other stuff - the performance of the Vordel Gateway is ... (more)

How to extend the Vordel XML Gateway with Maven

One of the strengths of the Vordel XML Gateway is the ability of the product to be extended using Java. You can do this in two ways: JavaScript and through writing custom Filters. The really clever part about how the XML Gateway is engineered is that the underlying XML layers are written in native code so the product is really fast even when you have to use Java to customize it. Recently, I had a customer ask "How do I build filters using Maven?". This is obviously a person after my own heart. I had spent a lot of time last year working with Maven, in particular for the OES/Sprin... (more)

How to Integrate Web SSO with REST web-services using Oracle Access Manager

Nothing inspires me to blog like being stuck in an airport. I'm stuck in DC on a return from my first Vordel customer trip. We saw customers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Bay Area, and Seattle. Some of them there were very interested in the integration between Oracle Access Manager and Vordel . Once again, Mark O'Neill, CTO of Vordel to the rescue. The video demonstrates a few on the interesting scenarios combining a Web Access Management product with an XML gateway Authentication - By simply selecting Oracle Access Manager as a repository, usernames and passwords are authenticated ag... (more)

Why Vordel?

This is my inagural post in this blog - in my new job - as Chief Solutions Architect at Vordel. In my time at Oracle, I had the opportunity to work with Vordel at a number of customers, and two things really stood out - the quality of the products and the quality of the people. It's a really good small company that reminds me very much of the early days of Netegrity. They have been the thought leaders in XML Gateways - a key element in SOA Security - for over a decade. Their push into the Cloud Service Broker/Web 2.0/REST Security area is very exciting to me as it represents the ... (more)