In addition, Oblix has signed a worldwide reseller agreement with the Siemens Information and Communications Networks (ICN) group. Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens ICN will incorporate Oblix access management technology and web-services security products into its HiPath portfolio. 

This expanded relationship with Oblix is a part of the company’s larger strategy to grow its security and HiPath SIcurity DirX business. In addition to providing Siemens with worldwide resale rights, Oblix and Siemens will collaborate on product integration and development. The Oblix products, which enable enterprises to create, enforce, and monitor identity and access policies across Web applications and services, will be marketed as part of Siemens’ HiPath SIcurity DirX portfolio of identity & access management solutions. Siemens made an initial investment in Oblix during the company’s early stages and now, as a result of increased product synergy and a growing market opportunity, is making another strategic investment in the company to support Oblix’s current products and future roadmap for identity-based security solutions. 

“Siemens and Oblix are strengthening their partnership to benefit both companies as well as all enterprise customers,” said Mike Neuenschwander, senior analyst, Directory and Security Strategies Practice, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Burton Group. “Siemens is bringing its expertise and reach in directories, metadirectories, and provisioning together with Oblix’s industry-leading technology for delegated administration and access control to create an identity management product solution suite that will meet enterprise needs at all levels. Oblix benefits from Siemens’ financial strength and global distribution channels, while Siemens adds breadth to its identity management offerings.”

“With enterprise systems and users proliferating and regulatory requirements tightening, Siemens sees identity management as a strategic area of focus,” said Jackie Hoffmann, Investment Partner and Head of the ICN and ICN Mustang Funds for Siemens Venture Capital. “After evaluating the market, Siemens identified Oblix as the right organization for our security portfolio. They have technical vision and market leadership in the critical and fast-growing identity-based access management market and can provide Siemens customers with the security solutions they need to adapt increasingly complex environments.”