This week, the appliance is running at Cisco Live!
In addition, I'll be on a panel with other CTOs and a few Cisco execs providing the identity story around Software Defined Networking. And I'll be checking in on a few sessions hosted by Cisco's internal gurus for identity and connectors.
What Cisco and Ping have done with the appliance is integrate federated identity into cloud services, by adding PingFederate and the Ping Identity Cloud Connector to a router. This collaboration with Cisco moves federation right into the mainstream of cloud architectures, and it defines Ping's mantra that identity is the new security perimeter.
The connector is embedded in, hosted on, or integrated with Cisco's 3900 and 2900 family of ISR G2 routers, an API-enabled router appliance. The router platform has connectors for many application types, including storage, virtualization, document handling, security, collaboration and provisioning.
The connector leverages Cisco's emerging onePK, a toolkit for development, automation, and rapid service creation. It weaves federation into the Cisco networking fabric and enables you to access data inside your network via APIs.
It's a streamlined identity management platform designed to easily drop into existing infrastructure to centralize cloud access control and management.
It's especially well suited for businesses with multiple physical locations, branch offices or stores, to enhance customer interactions and simplify employee access to cloud applications.
Cisco tells us they plan to make the identity appliance a key architectural control point in their evolving cloud security platform.
To put that into action Ranjan Jain, enterprise IT architect for identity and access management at Cisco, is hosting a session at Cisco Livewhere he will focus on the deployment and ROI considerations that led Cisco's internal IT team to select the Ping Identity Cloud Connector. He will be joined by Rony Gotesdyner, who is responsible for Cisco's Cloud Connectors roadmap and strategy as part of the Cisco Cloud Intelligent Networks.
In addition, a session hosted by Natty Iyer, technical marketing engineer at Cisco, will focus on actual deployment of three cloud connectors, including single sign-on to cloud services based on on-premises authentication provided via Ping's connector. The perspective is from branch customers consuming services based on WebEx and Amazon Cloud storage.
Mark your Cisco Live agendas for both these sessions and see the identity appliance demo at the Ping and Cisco booths.
And look for me at the show in Orlando if you have any questions.