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Archive for March, 2005

SAML 2.0 Finalized

March 15, 2005 By: Andre Category: Life

SAML 2.0 is a milestone for the federation industry, and will likely be
a major accelerant of adoption. Fragmentation amongst the standards
efforts has kept the market confused and implementation overly
complicated. At this point, mainstream adoption of identity federation
is no longer inhibited by standards, but by quality products which are
tested secure and validated interoperable.

SAML 2.0

March 15, 2005 By: Andre Category: Ping Identity

SAML 2.0 is a milestone for the federation industry, and will likely be
a major accelerant of adoption. Fragmentation amongst the standards
efforts has kept the market confused and implementation overly
complicated. At this point, mainstream adoption of identity federation
is no longer inhibited by standards, but by quality products which are
tested secure and validated interoperable.

Go Ahead and Federate Away

March 07, 2005 By: Andre Category: Ping Identity


Download PingFederate v2.0.


We launched Ping’s first commercial product two weeks ago — PingFederate v2.0. After nearly 15 months of development, rigorous testing and several successful deployments, we believe it to be the best federation server on the market. What’s likely most interesting about it is our pricing model. We took a novel approach towards pricing and completely changed the way we intend to go to market. 


After months of debate, we determined that a traditional sales model around what amounts to enterprise security software just didn’t make sense. We would have had to raise a ton of additional capital to support and succeed at this model. Instead, we opted to go-to-market leveraging a more viral, organic and guerrilla marketing approach, which was more consistent with our DNA anyway. 


Basically, companies can download and install as many PingFederate identity gateways as they wish. Each installation is allowed up to 100k federated transactions for free. Beyond that, we figure companies have validated both PingFederate and the federated approach as providing value, and we offer flexible subscription or perpetual pricing from there, depending on a companies needs. We call it our “pay for success” pricing model, and its being very well received.