Oracle said its new Identity Management 11g software released this week offers developers "radically simplified" application security in a package of shared services that covers identity administration and password management, authentication, workflow and auditing.

Recognizing the growing enterprise interest in cloud computing, Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) said the new software's services-based architecture easily extends to cloud environments and provides a single point of control for applications, whether they are housed on-premises or in the cloud.

Identity Management 11g is a component of Oracle's Fusion Middleware 11g, the company's application infrastructure software.

Key additions in the new release include full-featured identity administration and provisioning, as well as Single Sign-On (SSO) for enterprise Web applications with Oracle's Security Zone support for secure application boundaries.

Another new service in the Identity Management suite is the Oracle Adaptive Access Manager 11g. The software includes enterprise fraud prevention with one-time password support that can be accessed via short message service (SMS), Interactive Voice Response, e-mail and instant messaging.

The suite also features Identity Analytics 11g for enterprise compliance and governance that Oracle said combines business intelligence and security and provides CIOs and IT managers with a comprehensive view of the organization's security and compliance health.

The Identity Management suite also taps resources attained through Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems by offering full integration and certification of Sun's Fedlet software for adding federation partners. The software also supports Secure Token Service (STS) functionality in the Sun Open SSO STS for identity propagation.

The suite includes advanced monitoring, diagnostics and performance management for all Oracle Identity Management 11g components.

Amit Jasuja, Oracle's vice president for Identity Management, said the release is an important advance in identity management.

"The innovation and integration advancements in Oracle Identity Management 11g represent the most significant breakthroughs in identity management in the last five years," Jasuja said in a statement. "Traditionally, being best of breed and fully integrated were at opposite sides of the spectrum, but Oracle Identity Management 11g sets a new bar by delivering both."

David Needle is the West Coast bureau chief at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.