Major IAM Vendors

Vendor selection is critical in IT business. I still remember an old story when I joint big blue family last Century: a wise advice was spread among IT decision makers globally: “You will never be fired if you buy from IBM”. 


It had worked for a long while. Then, people got fired. Finally, you can not buy PCs from IBM because they are sold to Lenovo. Despite of the result, this phenomenon reflects an enterprise strategy: go with the industry and market leader.


In currently IAM industry and market, a question is “who is the leader?”. My answer is none because no single vendor can provide a complete end to end IAM solution. Near a hundred IAM vendors are fighting a war to become the leader.  Mergers and acquisitions happen frequently.


Before you invest on IAM projects, you should be aware of major IAM product vendors. Just like buying a car, you will have more choices if you know all major auto makers. I have gathered most major IAM vendors in following list (in alphabetic order):


A10 Networks –

Abridean (bought by nCiper) –
ActivIdentity (renamed from ActivCard) –
Alacris (bought by Microsoft) –
Aladdin –
Authentify –
Avatier –
Axalto (see Gemalto) –
Bayshore –
Beta Systems –
BindView (bought by Symantec) –
BNX Systems –
Bridgestream –
CA –

Centrify –

Citrix –
Courion –
Credentica –
Datapower (bought by IBM) –
Digital Persona –
Enatel –
Entegrity –
Entrust –
Epok –
Eurekify –
Evidian –

Fastpass –

Fischer Int’l –
Gemplus (see Gemalto) –

Gemalto (merger of Gemplus and Axalto) –
GlobalSign –


HP –


Identity Engines –
Imanami –
Imprivata –
Indala –
Jericho Sys Juniper –

LogicTrends –

Maxware –
Microsoft – 

Mirapoint –

M-Tech –

nCipher –
NetIQ –
NetPro –
NeuStar –
Novell –
Oblix (bought by Oracle) –
OctetString (bought by Oracle) –
Omnikey –
Oracle –
Paramount Defenses –

Passlogix –
Persistent Sys. –
Ping Identity –
Proginet –
Protocom (bought by ActivIdentity) –
Quest –
Radiant Logic –
Red Hat –
RSA Security (bought by EMC) –
SafeStone –
Secured Services –
Securent –

SecurIT –
Sentillion –
Siemens –
Sun –
Sxip –
Symantec –
SymLabs –

Thor (bought by Oracle) –
Trustgenix (bought by HP) –
Valicert –

Veridicom –
Voelcker –
ZeroKnowledge –


I understand it is not practical to review every product of every vendor through an individual effort. In order to rate vendors fairly, I encourage you to join the community and post your comment if you have experience with any vendors and their products.


Comments (3)

  1. YaleLi says:

    This has been fixed. Thank you

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ihave just noticed the URL you are advertising above is the wrong one for FastPass ;-(

    Could you udate to

    please ?


  3. Ken says:

    may I add one?