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Intel Cloud SSO Goes from Private Beta to Public

Intel has partnered with Salesforce to develop and run this application on the Force.com platform

We’re happy to announce general availability of Intel Cloud SSO IAM-as-a-service today after running it in private beta mode for 2 months with select customers. See press release here. Intel has partnered with Salesforce to develop and run this application on Force.com platform (PaaS from Salesforce). The application offers federation, provisioning and strong authentication with a built-in SSO portal for easy access to target cloud applications.

How do I learn more about this new service from Intel?

  • If you have 2 min, then watch the overview video.
  • If you got 10 min, then also watch the product demo.
  • If you are an IT admin or architect, then the best way to learn is to try it out yourself by submitting your request for a FREE 30 day trial account and using Quick start guide to get your first SSO connector up and running in 30 minutes.
  • If you have the technical chops, and like to know “How it works”, then read the “How Intel Cloud SSO works” whitepaper.
  • If you are the security geek, and wants to understand “How secure is the service”, then read the security whitepaper.
  • Still thirsty to learn more, visit the resources page at http://www.intelcloudsso.com

Who is it for?

Intel Cloud SSO is for Enterprises and SMBs who are using SaaS applications. It’s not a service for consumers.
Intel Cloud SSO Logo

Which SaaS applications does it support?

Intel Cloud SSO supports 100+ SaaS applications  through out-of-box SSO connectors that requires minimal configuration to setup. It also includes standards based generic SAML connector that can be used to connect to any application that supports the SAML protocol. See sample list of most popular applications supported by the service. For complete list, contact us.

I’m a SaaS application provider. How can I get my application added to Intel Cloud SSO application catalog?

We’re adding new applications to our catalog on a weekly basis, and looking for application providers who would like to partner with us. Visit here for details.

What’s unique about Intel Cloud SSO compared to others?

There are several capabilities we offer that differentiates us from others. Here’re the top few.

  1. One price for unlimited applications
  2. Beyond SSO, it provides auto user provisioning and de-provisioning of accounts in target apps, and 2-factor authentication based on One Time Password (OTP) included with the service
  3. Customers already using Salesforce, receive tighter integration with Intel Cloud SSO as it runs on the same platform (Force.com) as Salesforce. For e.g. getting “SSO portal” snap-in into their Salesforce application, and avoiding separate login for Intel Cloud SSO
  4. Includes an optional “Identity Bridge” – a lightweight java software component that runs on-premise to authenticate against on-premise identity stores such as Active Directory, and synchronizing changes made to user profiles in such identity stores.
  5. Integrates with Intel hardware technologies such as IPT – Where customers use Intel powered client devices with IPT enabled such as Ultrabooks, Intel Cloud SSO transparently performs 2-factor authentication without requiring the user to enter OTP value in a browser window.

Visit here for complete list of differentiators.

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Vikas Jain is Director of Product Management at Intel Corporation responsible for Cloud Identity and Security Products. You can follow him on Twitter @VikasJainTweet

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