Jackson's comments, commiserations, confabulations and simplifications on identity management and Microsoft's Active Directory all based on his continuous "reality tour" of meetings with customers, ISVs and Microsoft.
I guess I did start a storm with my post where I stated that the metadirectory was dead. I always enjoy Ian Yip's view of things!
Directory versus Virtual Directory Jeff is bang on!!! This is not about meta-directory versus virtual directory. This is about directory versus virtual directory! Also, as I have pointed out in the past: Keep an eye on ApacheDS (and Alex) - these guys are going places.
Identity Management as a Service From the founders of Securant comes Symplified - very interesting, but can they do it? I love their home page and graphic: "The Identity Revolution is On Demand" Ex-Microsoft exec Maritz is new VMware CEO When I saw this I said "wow". Maritz was still at Microsoft when I joined in 1999 and he was definitely a sharp guy. At the time he was a Senior Vice-President and ran the server division - if memory serves me. It'll be interesting to see what he brings to VMWare! Mary Jo Foley discusses this further in her blog post: "Look who's running VMWare now"
Go Green! Want to be green? Save power? Reduce your carbon footprint? Install this - much easier than virtualizing!