Middleware vendor WSO2 recently released Cloud Identity, which the company said eliminates the need for internal software, dedicated hardware and systems administrators in identity management. Instead, WSO2 provides enterprise identity management as a pay-as-you-go, hosted service that scales. The product supports a broad set of authentication and security standards, which centralizes identity management while users gain single sign-on access to different cloud applications. Initial cloud application support includes Google Apps, which is available as a beta release, and Salesforce.com, which will be added at the end of the month. Administrators can provide strong authentication using electronic IDs for users based on open standards such as Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, OpenID and Information Card token-based standards. Cloud Identity also comes with authorization support for cloud applications and Web services through the WSO2 entitlement engine, which adheres to the XACML 2.0 standard with OAuth coming soon. For more details see http://wso2.com/cloud/services/identity