Relations between all the different projects/software?

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  • #4118
     kragsterman 
    Participant

    Hi!

    So here are some newbie questions:

    I’m quite new here, but have been following these projects for a long time, since I am in the business of datacenter infrastructure, and works a lot with Solaris and Illumos.

    I know quite a lot of why you/we need directory services and identity services and SSO and so on, and I know why we are interested in this software and services, but for me, that is no expert, I find it difficult to understand the differences and relations between the different projects and software.

    And which ones depends on others? Or do they not?

    Can’t say that I find some documentation of this, but perhaps I am just blind?

    Seem to be a lot of experts here, though…

    So, if anyone is helpful to direct me to the documentation, or perhaps just give me a quick relations guide, I’d be very happy!

    Regards Johan

    #4131
     Mike Jang 
    Moderator

    Hi Johan,

    One place you might start is here: https://www.forgerock.com/en-us/products/. It provides a high-level view of our four main products. It includes links to our individual products.

    While our products can work together in a “stack”, you can also configure them individually.

    When you’re ready to explore further, do read our documentation: https://forgerock.org/documentation/.

    If you have a specific need in mind, do let us know, many of us can help you further.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    #4132
     kragsterman 
    Participant

    Hi, Mike!

    Yeah, been reading that already, and can’t say that I get much wiser…perhaps I’m just stupid…?

    And when you refer to the documentation, what I can find there are only documentation of each product as a single and standalone product, there are no documentation of the software as a “stack”, at least not that I can find…

    So I think, there must be a lot of people in my position, who are looking for software to integrate into platforms or infrastructure, that needs documentation just to understand the benefit of the “stack”, not just the benefit of a single part of the “stack”.

    Questions like: Why would I choose Forgerock software to integrate into my platforms? Because the OpenDJ is so good, or perhaps because the OpenIDM is so good? Or the OpenAM is so good? No, I NEED to know the benefits of the whole stack, what would that do for my platform?

    I am not an expert in these fields, and that is why I need to ask these questions, and I guess that MANY people in my position are just like me, not experts in this field, just experts in large platform or datacenter infrastructure.

    Or would you say I NEED an expert in this field, to be able to choose wether the Forgerock software is the right way to go or not?

    Regards Johan

    #4141
     Mike Jang 
    Moderator

    Hi Johan,

    Here’s some more info.

    We have a White Paper that describes our Open Identity Stack (PDF) http://www.forgerock.com/media/filer_public/e5/16/e516c8d9-ba86-46fd-bef8-386ebe6da11b/whitepaper_openidentitystack.pdf .

    Within our product documentation, we include information on how our products integrate with each other.

    For example, in our OpenIDM documentation, we have a “Full Stack Sample” that describes how you can use OpenIDM to synchronize with an OpenDJ data store, protected by OpenAM, ref http://openidm.forgerock.org/doc/bootstrap/install-guide/index.html#full-stack-sample

    In addition, in our OpenAM documentation, we include information on how to configure OpenDJ as the internal data store, such as this section that provides “Hints for Configuring OpenDJ Data Stores” : http://openam.forgerock.org/doc/bootstrap/admin-guide/index.html#sec-data-stores-opendj

    Please feel free to ask additional questions. I’d like to know more about your “use case;” in other words, what are your needs in Identity Management.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    #22468
     Mike Jang 
    Moderator

    Hi Vic,

    We’ve updated our documentation — we now have a Platform Guide that describes and links to the different components of our stack. For more information, see https://backstage.forgerock.com/docs/platform/6 .

    Thanks,
    Mike

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